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As I write this, Squidgy, the youngest cat is licking the rain water off my umbrella (thanks, Squidgy) and her mum, Myrtle, is tapping me with her paw to demand ear scratching. The cats came to us 5 1/2 years ago from the Windyways cat rescue centre. Since then they have been an important part of our lives. They have demonstrated that cats aren’t really that bright and they need loads of attention. We will really miss them while we are in China, but I know they will have a lovely time staying with my Mum and Dad. These are some of my favourite photos of them: