I got home tonight and went upstairs to get changed. I was surprised to see a cat's head poking out from under the duvet. It was that cat from down the road. It was raining when Emma got home and the cat was waiting outside our house. She followed Emma in when the door was opened, raced upstairs and hid in the bedroom.
We are off to a hamster show on sunday so we decided to have our Firework Party a couple of days early, on friday instead. Last year we left the firework buying til last minute and I think we had to go to about 4 supermarkets before we found one which still had some in stock.
We had invited some of Emma's friends from Uni and when we opened the door to let one in, a cat ran in. It was the one from down the road which is often lurking outside in the mornings and tries to slow me down on the way to work. There were other people in the area letting off fireworks and she obviously didn't want to be outside with all the noise.
She ran upstairs and hid under the bed but soon came downstairs and would wander back and forth between the front room and the kitchen. Later arrivals thought she was our cat. She looked hungry so we gave her some of the cat biscuits we get for the hamsters.
We had bought two boxes of fireworks so we let off one box first before retreating back into the house for a drink of hot spiced cider. This was inspired by the hot cider sold at various festivals, and is made along similar lines to a mulled wine, with coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger simmered to give extra flavour. Later on after more guests arrived we let off the second box.
First time around, the catherine wheels didn't stay attached to the fence and one fell onto the path, setting fire to some dried leaves. Second time, we hammered them into the fence with a bit more force. They didn't spin round very well and we ended up with melted lump of plastic on the end of the nail.
At the end of the night, the cat wouldn't leave and she ended up sleeping at the end of our bed. We were woken up in the early hours of the morning by her walking about on the bed trying to attract our attention. I got up and followed her downstairs - she was telling us that she wanted to go outside. At least we know she is well housetrained. We haven't found any 'presents' left behind any of the furniture. At least not yet.
We seem to have been befriended by a local cat. This actually started about a month after we moved into the house but today she decided she really wanted to get into the house and not leave.
She was waiting outside the house when I was leaving for work and as soon as I opened the door, she ran in. I followed her upstairs and carried her out. I went back into the house to get my bag and keys but as soon as I opened the door again she was back in.
For some reason the cat seems to really like us. If she sees us from the other end of the street she'll rush up to us. She often sits on the bins outside our house, trying to attract our attention. Ocasionally when I'm walking to work she will lie down on the pavement in front of me and roll around, as if she's trying to stop me going any further.