Life is What Happens To You…

…while you’re busy making other plans, as John Lennon famously said.   This week life has not turned out as planned.

If you’ve been visiting Planet Penny for a while you’ll know about Clovis, the French Cat.  He belongs to my son Thomas, and has staying with my mum while his own family have been settling after transferring from France.

Clovis is quite a character, and has led an eventful life.  As a tiny kitten he chose his family by climbing into the car in a remote place where no unattended kitten should have been, and after unsuccessful attempts to locate the owner,  he was welcomed into the family.   I’ve always been a bit of favourite of his, as the only person mad enough  to arrive to stay with a large and exciting bag, full of balls of wool and knitting.   On one visit it took less than 10 minutes with an unattended knitting bag for him to create a wonderful art installation. Yarn was wrapped round the legs of every chair in the room and up a flight of stairs where there were more chairs, and out of the cat flap and all around the garden furniture!

He’s madly affectionate, but won’t be held or picked up, just trampling madly over your lap purring furiously.  He’s frightened of everything in the garden, hurling himself through the catflap to avoid marauding butterflies and vicious baby rabbits.

He lived for a while in Rouen, France, pretty near the city centre and close to one of the main arterial route through the city and came though unscathed.  So why was it that now, living in a sleepy little cul-de-sac in rural Norfolk, he gets hit by a car?  Well, not hit exactly, one back leg run over, and horribly broken.

So the last few days have been all about visiting the vet, and xrays and a big operation.

He is now back with my mum, in a large crate…

and wearing a fetching blue bandage.

I’ve been my mother’s carer for a while, but now I’m Clovis’s too, spending a lot of time sitting on the floor with my arm through the door of the crate tickling his ears and making soothing noises.  Fortunately so far he hasn’t been too frustrated by his incarceration, but he must be very bored.  I’ve suggested a film this afternoon.  He does watch television a lot when it’s something he’s interested in,  ‘Kung-Fu Panda’ being a particular favourite! (I just hope he’s not taking notes!)

So that’s why this hasn’t been the week I’d planned, or the blog post I’d intended, but I hope you’ll bear with me.

I’ll be back soon x


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22 thoughts on “Life is What Happens To You…

  1. Peeriemoot

    Oh poor Clovis – hope he’s better soon! He certainly looks a character :-). My cats have mostly outgrown playing with wool though they did produce some interesting installations of their own at one time (and completely wrecked a set of wooden knitting needles..).

  2. Faith

    Poor Clovis ……our cats have never much bothered with the tv, but I remember coming home very late one night and putting the telly on and there was some kind of techno music with weird images like a kaleidoscope and one of our cats was fascinated.

    Hope you weekend goes more to plan!

  3. Sherrill

    What a terrible thing to happen to Clovis. I hope he heals well. He is very beautiful, as I am sure he knows! ARISTOCATS is another movie that might catch is attention. My cat Riddic was watching reruns of Star Trek Voyager upside down last night… a first for him. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Penny, and that Clovis is doing OK and won’t end up needing a cone. (I love his name)

  4. sue

    Oh how horrible for him and you! One of our cats got hit by a car when he was small and broke his pelvis. He had to spend six weeks in one of those crates, it was awful for him and us, and yes we spent hours with our arms through the bars stroking him! He made a full recovery happy to say!

  5. Teje

    Hi Penny! I’m so sorry to hear about Clovis accident! That looks bad and must have been so painful! I hope he gets better soon and stays calm. Poor boy!
    I have been busy and missed your latest post which are just fantastic! Wow I love Queen Elizabeth with her dogs!
    I hope you have wonderful summer beyond this accident! x Teje

  6. kateuk

    ooooh,not good!We had a cat who was knocked over and had to be in a cage- we used to take him and the cage upstairs to the bedroom at night as he would cry piteously if left alone downstairs…

  7. Mrs. Micawber

    Oh, poor kitty. Such a very handsome cat too. I think he needs a crochet mouse to play with while he heals….

    P.S. Perhaps he has a crush on Tigress in “Kung Fu Panda”. 🙂

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  9. Nata

    Poor Clovis!! I really hope he gets well soon. Funny that he likes Kungfu Panda. My cat also likes watching TV sometimes, especially when there are other cats or animals on 😉

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  11. Pearletta Wilson (@DivineChoice)

    Ah poor little Clovis. Hope he enjoys the movie and doesn’t have to stay cooped up for much longer.

    Life does have a way of chucking plans up in the air doesn’t it. Hope you get some knitting time this week Penny 🙂

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