Heart of the Midlands
We have good friends who usually sit for us, but we like to go away with them, too, so we need people we can trust to look after our loved cats. It's good to have someone in the house, too. We are retired but with a lot of life left in us yet and we like going away, often just for short breaks but occasionally for a few weeks.
Our Home & Location
The house is located within an easy bus ride or 20-30 minute walk from Derby city centre. Derby has good museums and the best collection of Joseph Wright paintings. It is the seat of the industrial revolution, but also the site of a Roman fort and Saxon town. It is where Bonnie Prince Charlie turned back from his bid for reinstatement to the throne. Derby is a good location for access to the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales by bus, rail or car. It is also easy to get to Nottingham, Leicester, Sheffield and Birmingham from here. There is a village high street 10 minutes walk away, with a supermarket, pharmacy and bakery. The White Swan pub is also nearby. The house is an Edwardian semi-detached with one double and one twin bedroom, an office, a book (and junk) room and a family bathroom upstairs. Downstairs there is a sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility with washer/dryer and cloakroom with shower. Outside there is on-street parking at the front. At the rear is a small but very private garden and beyond that some lawn tennis courts and mature trees, which make the back of the house very pleasant. There is plenty of scope for cats to play. The character of the house is old-fashioned, with many original features. There are hundreds of books and CDs, so you won't lack reading or music. The television is housed in a cabinet and is not very big, but is quite new and has freeview. The neighbours are nice.
Responsibilities & Pets
Our cats are very human-orientated and are nervous about being away from home. Our previous sitters have been known to the cats, so they (the cats) might take some time to get to know and trust you. They are all adopted from a shelter or straydom. They need love and cuddles - on their own terms, of course - as well as feeding and watering. We keep them in at night, if we can. Wesley has a special diet for sensitive digestion, but it can be difficult to keep him to it. We don't stress about it. They all have sensitive dry food, so that's easy. They are not allowed out the front door because of traffic, but they have a microchip-activated cat flap in the back door. As long as there are people around for at least some of the day they will be fine, so feel free to explore the area while you're here.It would be nice if the bird feeders and bath could be kept topped up.Bin day is Tuesday, but we rarely fill our bins so would ask specifically if they needed to be put out for collection.
September 2018 | Jenny