My intro into having my first cat since childhood was when I saw some half Siamese advertised. I had no idea that they would not look like Siamese so went along, hoping to be able to have one. I was presented with a little black scrap, full of flu with both eyes stuck shut, who 'peed' on the floor in front of us because she had no idea where the litter tray was. She was four weeks old and I was told to 'take her now' - which I did because I could not have left her where she was. With the help of the local vet, 'Silky' turned into the most beautiful pet.
I started reading about Siamese and knew that one day I would have one. I was a single parent at the time with three young children, and the budget was a bit tight to say the least! (How did I manage on £10.00 a week maintenance!!??)
When I saw some Seal Point kittens advertised locally for the princely sum of £8.00 each, I succumbed, and Scoobedo joined our household. The rest is history.... I joined some cat clubs and Scooby was taken to various shows, where he got placed but never managed a first prize, but of course I met people, made friends and subsequently bought my first breeding queen Maytime Pappalon, a beautiful tabby-pointed Siamese. Then came Tamruat Blue Bonnet, a lovely little blue point, and later another tabby-point, Tregony Tiger Lily. I enjoyed many happy years breeding the Siamese and having nothing but good memories of all the people and cats that I met.
I moved to my present address, a smallholding, in 1984 and took it on with a small mixed dairy herd. The majority of the motley crew were gradually replaced with pedigree Friesian's, and their young stock carried our prefix 'Norvic'. Unfortunately, the introduction of milk quotas made the dairy herd unviable, but my favourite cows remained as sucklers until their days were up. Sheep, pigs and geese have also had their quota of happy times with us over the years.
When I came here I was expecting my youngest son, and as my pony Gypsy was not going to be used for some time, I put her in foal. We had our babies within two days of each other! She did me proud and produced the most stunning piebald colt foal. Her second foal some two years later was equally as good, and the following year at a show, they took the Championship and reserve at the British Skewbald and Piebald Association show. We came home laden with rosettes, sashes and trophies - what a day! Gypsy is now 34 years old and has of course, retired from breeding. She had seven beautiful foals for me in all. Her third foal was by my beautiful stallion Cyrus. I never dreamed that one day, life and luck would bring me and this magnificent horse together forever!
And now to the Ocicats..... we are here, and intend to stay