Up until quite recently, we've always had cats. One in particular was very good at catching things. And killing them. There's nothing nice about decapitated mice on the doorstep or birds bleeding to death on the kitchen floor.
So we're currently a cat (and pet) free household. And over the past few weeks birds have been visiting the garden - a very pushy magpie (which chases wood pigeons, hence the feathers) and a couple of blackbirds. And even though we live in a very cat-centric neighbourhood, now we don't have one it seems to have put other moggies off coming in through the garden gate.
It was so nice to see birds in the garden, I think we'll put a feeder up. Somewhere central so any sneaky felines can't hide and pounce.
There's always been lots of birdsong in the mornings and evenings but now we can put faces to the tweets.
In other news, it's my birthday tomorrow and we're braving the weather (according to the BBC it's going to rain all day) and heading to Yorkshire - waterproofs at the ready. I'm looking forward to brunch and coffee and wandering around the shops and a gallery or two. In the evening we're going out for drinks - babysitters already arranged - then on Sunday we're heading to Manchester for food with some friends. Can't wait!
Have a nice weekend!