So no Bonzo photos. But then coincidence, synchronicity or whatever swings into action! The following day Karin has decided to sort out the dreaded cupboard under the stairs. It's a bit like Dr Who's Tardis, except what goes in is often never seen again. It must be a gateway to another existence or something.
Anyway, with bottom in the air, Karin attacks the unknown and finds all sorts of goodies like carrier bags with car brand names from when the family went to the car show in London some - another gulp! - 24 years ago.
"Ah," she says, before disappearing completely from view, "What are these? Photos!"
And, of course, they just happen to be pictures of Bonzo, "But we were only talking about him last night," noted the intrepid explorer somewhere from the interior.
And that's why there are photos of Bonzo on today's post, along with those of Sylvester, Kayley and Toby.
|Sylvester the terrapin when small - he grew and grew!|
That got us puzzled: From the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band perhaps. But their name came from Bonzo the dog - an old cartoon from the 1920s and 1930s. Not that I remember him, obviously.
|Bonzo cartoon 1920-30 by George Studdy|
Cling cling the ring
Clang clang she sang
It's tragic magic
There are no coincidences
But sometimes the pattern is more obvious"
But whatever, it was good to see Bonzo again and revive a few memories, though some a little sad.
|Toby the border collie|
Sadly, on the first day of our freedom, we had a phone call from a neighbour, something like, "Your cat's on the grass outside my house."
"Okay," I answered a bit puzzled, "Great, I'll come and get him," thinking the neighbour didn't like cats or something.
"No, it's not great," said Mrs Grumpy, "Your cat has snuffed it."
It seems our lovely Bonzo had been hit by a car and the driver had laid him on the grass and driven on.
So there was a burial in the garden.
Okay, a bitter sweet memory perhaps but, there again, there were lots of good things also brought to the surface and Bonzo lives on along with Pudd'n, Toby, Black Cat, Kayley, Herbina, Sylvester et al. Plus we've got a tidy cupboard under the stairs.
|Kayley - and see how she was colour coded to the carpet we had back then|
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