The Sunshine Band

Valentine Tommy Kitten appeared in our lives back in 2007. He was sublime. Very, very beautiful. Too adventurous for his own good; he only stayed with us for nine months but in those nine months we fell head over heels in love with him.

Because of Tommy, who now oversees us all at his resting place – between our two beech trees – we share our home with, what we collectively refer to as, The Sunshine Band. We remember Valentine Tommy Kitten when we sit at his bench at the top of our fell side garden between those beech trees.  It has proven to be a very fitting place to be close to Tommy and remember him.

An introduction…

Maisie Mittens (Baygazer Littleflower) our Birman Lilac Tabby Point who believes the best thing ever is bagging the top shelf of the airing cupboard. Finds the hoover terrifying and has an addiction, that no-one is helping her with; to Dreamies.

Daisy (Baygazer Silverslippers) our Birman Blue Point is Maisie Mitten’s best friend who believes she is the cat that got the cream when she can snuggle up to Mischa. She likes to feel toasty at all times and Mischa is rather like an enormous hot water bottle.

sunshine4Mischa (Whistletyne Nightingale) our beautiful, traditional – double coated – black Labrador.  Lives her life with one bounce after another and thinks the best part of the day (apart from when daddy gets home, of course) is dancing with mummy, in the kitchen – nothing better.

Truly Scrumptious aged seven is our delicious Cavachon. There is no denying she is ruined but why not? She asks. She makes her mummy very, very happy when they share their afternoon nap. Adores carrots.

Betsy Biscuit (Tetsimi) our cute as custard Tibetan Terrier. No-one and I repeat no-one would not know when BB is in the room. She is the happiest little creature – has adopted Mischa as mummy (loves butterflies) and can think of nothing better than chasing Maisie Mittens and Daisy, oh and the hens.


Crumb is our very latest addition. Naturally she will become Crumble when she gets bigger. She is a Cockapoo and we are promised will become a lively member of the Sunshines. This is what we hope. Not a peep on her first night with us and, on tentative investigation, was found nestled (sleeping soundly) beside Mischa and Betsy Biscuit. Bliss.


sunshine6Oh, and our four hens all rather special too. With our adoptees Big Bird and Little Bird. They are strong old birds having a fell side to roam with complete freedom. They are not keen when it rains and on those days would like their meals delivered. We must not forget to include Queenie the grand Dame (she is a tortoiseshell cat) who has adopted us of late. At nineteen years old she can make as many demands as she wishes. Our kitchen window sill is her favourite place to be.

Valentine Tommy Kitten showed my husband and I how much love we have to share. Gone but never forgotten.