Introducing “Miel” our new family member

So, as you already know from previous posts, Kev hates mice, and we are living in the country and winter is upon us, so we’ve had visitors from the fields. Barnaby Pickles has earned his stripes as mouse hunter extraordinaire whilst in the fields. But apparently the best deterrent is a pussy cat – even the scent of a cat is enough to keep the critters away, or so we have been told by all the neighbours.

We aren’t really pussy people [no snide remarks boys, thank you] but we want a menagerie of furry friends now that we have the space, so our search for the perfect pussy began a few weeks ago. Our estate agent and now very good friend, Laurette, and her daughter Alex, volunteered to find one or maybe two for us. Our first foray wasn’t that successful the candidates were  two stray cats that had been taken in by a cat loving rescuer who lived just behind Laurette in Corde Sur Ciel. The kittens had been found wandering around the streets barely two months old. Bless them; they were lucky to be taken in by very kind surrogate parents who are experts in domesticating kittens born to feral cats.

I have to say Kev hasn’t been keen on the idea but has resigned himself that this is the best way to keep the souris [mice] away and our visit to the two feral kittens didn’t really do it for him. Mind you even i was a bit surprised how wild they were. We were assured that they would calm down and they even introduced us to a kitten that was a few months down the line of domestication, and as convincing as she was we both felt they were too much for newbie cat lovers.

A few weeks later, we received a call from Alex. She had heard of a stray cat that had been found, part Siamese and part pick n mix, she had been checked out by the vet and given the all clear. Also after the vet visit it came to light that she wasn’t a stray after all, she was the kitten of a house cat but had escaped and was found roaming the streets of Corde. So on Thursday we went along to see her, Rachel accompanied as she did when we got Barnaby and as soon as we saw her we fell in love and as per our visit to see Barnaby, we brought her home.

So now the fun begins. We have to acclimatise her to the house and more importantly we have to acclimatise both of them to each other. So far so good, ill let you know how its going later this week,wish us luck.

Here are a few snapshots of Miel

IMG_1457 IMG_1462 IMG_1455 IMG_1448 IMG_1447 IMG_1446


Categories: Barnaby & Miel | Tags: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Post navigation

4 thoughts on “Introducing “Miel” our new family member

  1. Love ❤

  2. Gary

    I am very much not a pussy person either but she is rather cute. How do you pronounce her name? “meal, Me Ell” or is it a strange French pronunciation like they have for frog which I can not say?

  3. Rach

    That last shot is to-die-for-gorgeous. I miss her and the Pickle already.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Create a free website or blog at


Martin et Moi ( Vikki's) extended trip to find a forever home, staying in the Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees, hunting in an around the area and all we get up to en-route... well almost!

gay f(e)ather

ruminations of a gay father and chicken fancier

Pumpjack & Piddlewick

Discovering French Country Lifestyle

Follow Tom and Paddy as they document their journey working towards relaunching what has been know as an institution in Co. Carlow for over 47 years!

Cafe Book Bean

Talk Books. Drink Coffee.

Critical Dispatches

Reports from my somewhat unusual life

Emma Kayne

The Department of Designs

derek88young's weblog


Life: A knot tied to your soul


Fashion, Travel and Life

Maison Travers

Living & Cooking in France

Our French Dream

Musings on our dream of living in the Dordogne

Expat Since Birth – A Life spent "abroad"

a blog by a multilingual lifelong expat/international, linguist, researcher, speaker, mother of three, living in the Netherlands and writing about raising children with multiple languages, multiculturalism, parenting abroad, international life...

L.M. Archer

wordsmith | consumer, b2b + b2c

%d bloggers like this: