It must have been a shock for Dora when she was put in the car for our long journey from London to Devon just before Christmas. The only times she had been in the car before was to go to the v-e-t’s surgery, which is about five minutes’ drive from our house. She started to get suspicious that something was happening when piles of luggage and bags of Christmas presents appeared in the hall, and she knew something strange was definitely going on when her food bowls, favourite toys and litter box got taken away to be put in the car. Fat Eric used to spot these clues that travel was imminent and try to go into hiding before the Evil Cat Carrier appeared. Dora is very curious so she wanted to poke her nose into all the luggage and, as soon as I started putting the door on the Evil Cat Carrier (aka her cat bed), she jumped inside VOLUNTARILY! She spent most of the journey to Devon Grandma’s house (about four and a half hours) wide-eyed, looking out at the passing scenery, but as she is not much of a miaower, she wasn’t noisy, just a few squeaks now and then.
We only stayed one night with Devon Grandma before Christmas, as we were coming back there after spending Christmas at Cornish Auntie’s house (my sister). So the next day, Dora again jumped into the Evil Cat Carrier voluntarily (!!) and we drove for another two hours to Cornish Auntie’s, where Dora also met her Cornish Grandma. It was very snowy in Devon but there wasn’t much snow in Cornwall.
Dora enjoyed exploring Cornish Auntie’s house and luckily she refrained from chewing any wires or damaging the Christmas tree. She liked the new bathroom and found out how to play tub hockey with the bouncy balls she got for Christmas. (She has been continuing this hobby since being home again).
She also enjoyed watching the birds from the window. Here she is with her Cornish Auntie taking a good look outside.
After five days in Cornwall, we travelled back to Devon Grandma’s house to spend some more time with her. Unfortunately, John was in bed with flu most of the time we were there, but Dora enjoyed herself! Luckily Devon Grandma fell in love with her and didn’t mind her kitten antics, such as running across the shelves and cupboards, knocking down all the Christmas cards… But one of Dora’s favourite games was the Tablecloth Game. Devon Grandma has lots of little tables with cloths on (we don’t use tablecloths at home, so this was a novelty for Dora). Here’s how to play:
2. Pull cloth off table. If there is other stuff on the table which falls off too, this makes the game even more fun!
5. Repeat lots of times. Next time, more about Dora’s explorations at Devon Grandma’s house and how to play The Kitchen Unit Game!