The Cat and the Bear

The Cat and the Bear
Charlie and his bear pal!

Ex-Pat to Re-Pat

Welcome to my countdown to repatriation!

After living in Athens, Greece for the lion's share of two decades I am on my way back to settle again in the land of my birth, Wales. I have a cat so that makes things a bit more complicated. Those of you in the same boat will know that you need a pet passport to take a pet into the UK, and that procedure takes at least 7 months. So, I decided to get the major removal upheaval over with and left Athens in January to winter on the island of Corfu. This is where my Greek odyssey began so I am very happy to have this chance to 'close the circle'.

So far I have focused on enjoying Corfu but the days are flying by and my mind is turning more and more towards Wales. This is starting to bring up issues and concerns about living in a new country. Yes, despite the fact that I was born in Wales and have visited regularly, after all this time of living away, it will be rather 'foreign' to me. I suppose that fellow ex-pats will appreciate more than anyone else what I am talking about. I would be very happy to hear from you!!

Thanks everyone for your encouragement so far in this adventure!
Love and light!

Friday, 7 July 2017


 A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.
                              Ernest Hemingway (author)

Today, quite by chance, I came across my cat Princess’s Pet Passport and discovered it was her birthday. She was born on 7th July 1993. The name Princess suited her well. She expected, and got, lots of attention. The above quote is highly apt.
                Princess was a big grey tabby born in Athens. I don’t know why so many cats in Athens are huge! When I first saw strays roaming the backstreets I was amazed at their size.
               Unfortunately, she died many years ago. She never did make the journey from Greece to the UK which is why those of you familiar with my blog ‘Quarantining in Corfu’ have never heard of her.
             But, a pet lover like you will understand, she is not forgotten. And the same applies to her mother Valentina who was such a character!
             The above photo was taken when Charlie was recovering from a blockage caused, as I discovered, from eating a new plant on my balcony, which had fibrous brown leaves. Princess was keeping him company as he was naturally very sorry for himself – having just had a lifesaving operation.
            Anyway, memories, memories flooding back.
            Sending greetings to all cat lovers. Enjoy the company of your puss today.
Teresa x

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