A bit about the history - My other animals
My intro into having my first cat since childhood was when I saw some half Siamese advertised. I had no idea that they would not look like Siamese so went along, hoping to be able to have one. I was presented with a little black scrap, full of flu with both eyes stuck shut, who 'peed' on the floor in front of us because she had no idea where the litter tray was. She was four weeks old and I was told to 'take her now' - which I did because I could not have left her where she was. With the help of the local vet, 'Silky' turned into the most beautiful pet. I started reading about Siamese and knew that one day I would have one. I was a single parent at the time with three young children, and the budget was a bit tight to say the least! (How did I manage on £10.00 a week maintenance!!??)
When I saw some Seal Point kittens advertised locally for the princely sum of £8.00 each, I succumbed, and Scoobedo joined our household. The rest is history.... I joined some cat clubs and Scooby was taken to various shows, where he got placed but never managed a first prize, but of course I met people, made friends and subsequently bought my first breeding queen Maytime Pappalon, a beautiful tabby-pointed Siamese. Then came Tamruat Blue Bonnet, a lovely little blue point, and later another tabby-point, Tregony Tiger Lily. I enjoyed many happy years breeding the Siamese and having nothing but good memories of all the people and cats that I met.
My Siamese were precious and I gave up breeding for the years when they aged. When I heard about a new breed, Ocicats, who had similar character and intelligence I decided that I could enjoy breeding those too. There have been joys and heartbreak along the way. All my remaining Ocicats and Aztecs are now neutered pets.
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I moved to my present address, a smallholding, in 1984 and took it on with a small mixed dairy herd. The majority of the motley crew were gradually replaced with pedigree Friesian's, and their young stock carried our prefix 'Norvic'. Unfortunately, the introduction of milk quotas made the dairy herd unviable, but my favourite cows remained as sucklers until their days were up. Sheep, pigs and geese have also had their quota of happy times with us over the years.
When I came here I was expecting my youngest son, and, as my pony Gypsy was not going to be used for some time, I put her in foal. We had our babies within two days of each other! She did me proud and produced the most stunning piebald colt foal. Her second foal some two years later was equally as good, and the following year at a show, they took the Championship and reserve at the British Skewbald and Piebald Association Show. Gypsy had seven beautiful foals for me in all and was a lovely family pony. She was only 3 years old when I bought her and spent all her days with us until old age deemed that her time was up. She galloped over the Rainbow Bridge to join her friends when she was 36 years old.
Scoobedo aka Sultan our first Siamese
Our wonderful Norfolk skies from home
Gypsy and Flo have galloped over the Rainbow Brigde
SIMPLY THE BEST is the only way to describe Cyrus my beautiful Dutch Warmblood stallion. Cyrus is just magnificent and stands 17.2 hands high. His sire Ramiro Z was the top international showjumping stallion whose offspring include Ratina Z the olympic team gold and individual silver medal winning mare, Robin Z the amazing grand prix jumping and dressage stallion and many others too numerous to name individually. Ramiro offspring have excelled in showjumping and dressage throughout the world. The Z is the sign of the Zangershiede stud which is based in Belgium. Cyrus has personality plus and has that 'once seen, never forgotten' quality and it is an honour and constant joy to share my life with him.
Sadly, my happy days with Cyrus have also come to an end. He has galloped over the rainbow bridge to wait for me in pastures new. His genes will live on in many and I shall continue to enjoy watching his offspring mature and give as much pleasure to their owners as Cyrus has to me.
Cyrus and me