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Friday, 13 November 2009 09:53

With the grey skies of Autumn closing down on us, and the westerly gales hurling a blizzard of leaves past the windows - the Coach House Four have pretty much decided "that's it" for going outside.

I have to turf Dilly out in the afternoons, otherwise, being a Bengal, we have noisy nights with her prowling around shouting "Yeow, yeow, yeow" for no reason other than that she is wide awake and so should the rest of us be!

I have a radiator chugging away in my study under a wide cushion-lined windowsill, and the three older cats curl up next to me at my computer, idly watching the birds on the feeder outside.

I recently acquired some wheatfilled draught excluders shaped like snakes, with which I have plugged up the cracks in the windows, and this seems to be much appreciated! Such sensitive souls! Gilly lies at my feet on a large dog bed, like a tiny shiny black labrador. And Pushkin, Titus and Fannie stay sedately hunched over their neatly folded front paws on the windowsill, looking like a couple of dowager duchesses flanking their streamlined consort.

I will add some recent pictures to Flickr.

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lucy stokes said:

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the coachouse cats
The cats appear to be getting on well, I think that Gilly will settle down once the weather gets a lot colder.

There is a spelling error in your update, about the cats you put Dilly instead of Gilly.

Pushkin, Fannie and Titus are clearly content to stay inside during the winter.
November 13, 2009

Marilyn Edwards said:

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Embarrassed author
Lucy you are right, I did indeed spell Gilly with a D instead of a G. In the book I am just finishing, White Chin, there is a black bengal who behaves quite badly who is called Dilly, based on I wonder who(?), and the habit has stuck with me - bad one smilies/cry.gif
November 13, 2009

Eve Mourant said:

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hello marilyn!
Dear Marilyn,

Great to hear all is still well with your 4 lovely's! My 2 cat's (especially Maddie) are behaving in exactly the same way at the moment and only ever want to be in doors (I often find Mads fast asleep on my bed after sneaking in without anyone noticing!) but because we always lock them in at night time, I have to shove them outside otherwise they will fuss ALL evening! Doesn't it make you feel awfully guilty! :-)

Best Wishes to both your cats and yourself (and family)

Have a lovely christmas,
Eve
November 18, 2009

Marilyn Edwards said:

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But cats specialise in making you feel guilty about them!
I so empathise with you,the agony of turfing them out otherwise at this time of year they will never go out when they should. As I write this loud claps of thunder are resounding across the hills towards the river and hail is thumping down on the glass roof of our dining room/conservatory and the cats are looking up at me with large frightened eyes. But it is pitch black outside so they are safe inside. But yes, yet again today I had to turn Gilly outside. It is so wet and windy right now smilies/sad.gif
lovely to hear from you Eve and hope you all have a great Christmas too, but shhhhh, too soon yet! Marilyn
November 18, 2009

kathryn jeffree said:

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russian blue cats
do you remember about a year ago you very kindly send me details regarding breeders when we were looking for a kitten. We did eventually acquire Max a lovely russian kitten. Sadly, shortly after his arrival, he was diagnosed with "luxating patellas'. I did not know this condition existed until I read about poor Titus. We have chosen not to have the operation as the recovery period is traumatic, he does have regular check ups with the vet to make sure he is not in pain.

I enjoyed reading both your books very much and would love to continue reading about the antics of your lovely cats. Hope you write another book one day! Kathryn

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February 03, 2010

Marilyn Edwards said:

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on the matter of luxating patellas
Kathryn I was so delighted to hear that you have got yourself a new Russian owner and Max sounds gorgeous. So sorry that my tales of poor Titus put you off the concept of the recovery period, but yes, it is bad and long. Good luck with little Max and hope he manages. Titus now also pays the price with arthritis where the holding pins are, so there is that too to contend with, but hopefully Max may manage without the op. Do hope so. Keep me in touch. Cheers Marilyn
February 03, 2010

kathryn said:

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kats
Hi marilyn

I read your first book back in february have now got the rest of the series to read when i go away again!!! cant wait x
April 25, 2011

Marilyn Edwards said:

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Reply to Kats
Kats thanks so much for your comments and how lovely for me that you are going to read the rest of the Moon Cottage series when you go away. Do hope they continue to work for you. Let me know, won't you.
all the best
Marilyn smilies/cheesy.gif
April 25, 2011

Linda Burr said:

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Barnaby
I have read all your books and now reading The Coach House Cats which I am enjoying. I had to have my beautiful tabby cat Cuddles put to sleep two years ago and was not going to have another cat. Then I started reading your books at Christmas and now I have given a home to my beautiful tabby cat Barnaby who I love so much. He makes me laugh again and enriches my life.
April 18, 2013

Marilyn Edwards said:

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reply to Linda Burr
Gosh Linda
what an amazing message to read, how wonderful. How lovely to hear that Barnaby is living with you and enriching your life and how good of you to tell me this.

Thank you - Marilyn
April 18, 2013

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