Brother and sister from the same litter so they do look quite similar, but Samba is bigger than his sister. Normally very well behaved, well, they are for cats, they know that when it gets dark they are supposed to be inside. Luckily this is helped by the cat flap having a sensor that locks when the light levels fall and then doesn't open again until morning. However, Suki did manage to stay out late one night this week and bought home a present for us.
Perfectly unharmed, she is very good at this having practiced lots by bringing in butterflies! Fortunately she seems to have grown out of last year's craze of bringing in LIVE bees and dropping them on your feet! Anyway, having got out the Butterfly and Moth book, the closest image I could find is that of an Elephant Hawk-moth. Having read a little more and discovered they feed on grapevines and then watched Suki having a mad moment this morning, I am very sure!
Two little cats were chasing each other at high speed round the garden, and then one disappeared by the grapevine.
I spy a stripey tail...
Samba's looking interested...
Ah, there she is...
Samba to the rescue!
Well he made it this far and then gave up!
I haven't seen Suki do this before but this arch with the lovely seat is a new addition to the garden this year, a replacement for the old arch that had partly collapsed under the weight of the grapes last year, and was extremely rickety.
Samba had his own 'mischief' moment earlier in the week when he had vanished at bedtime and couldn't be found anywhere. He turned up at 4 a.m. purring very loudly in middle son's bedroom having been sleeping in his wardrobe. I think he might remember to close his wardrobe doors in future!