Thanks everyone. I'm feeling a bit better today. Small is quite young and I don't think it will impact on him so much. Little is okay, he's very sad but he's okay, I think children are resilient, sometimes more than grown ups.
The problem is Paddington really was such an amazing cat, as my neighbour said over coffee this morning "He really was very special and I've never known a cat like him." She's right, he was. He was good plain happy and he made everybody that ever came into contact with him happy. Anyway, I'm a grown up and I realise having had animals all my life that I have to pick myself up, dust myself down and get on with it. Mao is plainly missing him and is a little skittish, he's also craving affection. He's always been affectionate but he used to get a lot of affection from Paddington and he's clearly missing that. He'll be okay, just as we all will. That dreaded, or dreadful British resolve, stiff upper lip and all that...
As a tribute to Paddington our next country will be Britain as he was a British Shorthair (and although he looked like a British Blue he was infact a Lilac. Crazy how they decide on these things, but still...)
I think I want the comfort of good old British cooking too, like Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding, we actually had this on Sunday, inspired by a post over at the lovely Cottage Smallholder. However we can have it again - something my husband will be more than happy with. What is it about men and red meat?
There will be lots of things from the North East as that is where I was born and where lots of my family still live. I also have very fond memories of all sorts of food from my early childhood in the NE. People in my family really know how to cook and everything is made with love, and they want to feed you. I love that! Having now spent more time in Spain and a little time in Italy, my family remind me of Italian and Spanish families. My mum being one of 6, they are large enough and noisy enough to pull it off too.
By the way, I don't think I know anybody who doesn't love food and who wouldn't have some suggestions for British Food, so if you want to make a few then drop me a line. Details are in the side bar.
p.s. We ate a few more Japanese things which I will blog about at some stage later on. Forgive me for leaving it unfinished for now.