Category Archives: Cats

The Rainbow Bridge

Often on The Cats Protection League Facebook page I read about people who have lost their pets.

 It makes me sad,

I know how easily a pet becomes part of the family.

Recently I read a comment where somebody mentioned the Rainbow Bridge.  I’d never heard of it before so I googled it and found this gorgeous poem:

Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they each miss someone very special, someone who was left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly, he breaks from the group, flying over the green grass, faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into those trusting eyes, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together…

*Author Unknown*

How beautiful…

I must confess that it brought a tear to my eye….

The Rainbow Bridge
The Rainbow Bridge

The Flavours of Love – Dorothy Koomson

I finally finished ‘The Flavours of Love’ by Dorothy Koomson on Sunday. I’m going to start by saying I didn’t love it. It was okay but it didn’t rock my world. This was reflected by the fact that it took me nearly 3 weeks to read it. It probably would have had more of an impact if I’d not read any of Koomson’s other books but I have and it seems to be the same premiss served up in a different way.

The basic things that usually happen are:

  • Somebody dying
  • Somebody putting their life back together
  • A love affair that either can’t go ahead because of complications
  • Child/ren with a problem

I know this is the same with many authors but for some reason this is glaringly obvious with Koomson’s novels.

When I first read ‘Goodnight Beautiful’ I loved it, I was invested in the characters and parts of it actually hurt!  I rushed out to buy other books by Koomson but I have found that I am enjoying them less and less (the exception being ‘The Ice Cream Girls’).

I can’t put my finger on what it is exactly but there is something missing in these books for me, some missing ingredient or x-factor.  I enjoy them but I don’t love them.

Would I recommend it?  I don’t know.  If you are looking for a well-written, light, easy read then yes absolutely but if you are looking for something a bit deeper then this is probably not what you are looking for.

Curling up with a book and a cat!  One of my favourite occupations!
Curling up with a book and a cat! One of my favourite occupations!