I spent most of last month walking up Withypool and Selworthy hills in an attempt to get a mobile phone signal. Poor Ned began to feign deafness or sleep each time I picked up his lead!

Sadly, Ned has lost two of his companions to old age. Poppy ‘One Tooth’ cat and Reg ‘The Lavender Lovely’ budgie are much missed. Ned, a collie cross terrier, who is aging disgracefully and his best mate Wilf, a black cat with issues, have been joined by a stray who stayed! Ginger Ernie. This timid cat hit it off immediately with all the occupants of the bungalow and even proved a civilizing influence on Wilf who no longer eyes anyone who crosses his path with murderous intent!!!