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Come Sit By Me A While:A Mother's Love.

Updated on December 2, 2013

I made a promise last Saturday that the next visit would be very soon and so it is !!!

As you cans see I have made Mince Pies and kept some for you all with just a little question to ask you all : I need your advice.

The pastry is Ok but only just Ok; It is a little hard although it has softened a little since they've been in the storage tin. I made pastry for the second time in my new food processor and my first attempt was a great success. The pastry soft and delicious ;however the sections of the tin I baked the pies in was very small so yesterday I bought a new baking tin with the sections a lot larger. This may have been the problem and I would be grateful for any tips.

Right do you all have your hot drinks and out we go into my sweet haven.

This is a true story going back to when I would have been about nine or ten years old.

I have always loved animals and as a little girl they became very important members of my family.

Their love was unconditional and they did not play mind games like many humans did.

Their maternal instincts so obvious and never questioned.

I hope you enjoy the following story.


One day I spied

A beautiful black cat.

She looked stunning

From where she was sat.

To and fro she travelled

Each and every day.

I tried to coax her to me

She wouldn't have it ! No way !!


She didn't turn up

For about a fortnight

I worried about her

And prayed she was alright.

However she returned

But what was this ?

Also a little white kitten

Whose charm you could not miss.!!!

The kitten ran over

And I cuddled him to me.

But Blackie remained aloof

And looked on knowingly.

After a while she gave a meow

And her kitten ran back to Mum.

But it wasn't the story's end.

There was much more to come.

Because of her colour

I named Mum Blackie.

And for the same reason

I named her baby Snowy.

However on one sunny day

As always they both arrived.

But Blackie secretly left us

And Snowy never left my side.


Snowy became my dear shadow

And also loved my beagle Lassie.

He played and I laughed

And made me so happy.

He would pounce out

As I ran very quickly.

He would give a daft smile

As I tickled his tummy.

He grew into a beauty

A big, white fluffy cat .

His purring so loud

As he sat on my lap.

He would follow me and Lassie

When we went for a walk

He would hide in the grass

And pretend to stalk.


As I went to bed

I said my prayers.

I could hear my Snowy

Running up the stairs.

He would climb into my bed

With my Lassie and me.

We were all cuddled together

As happy as could be.

Snowy grew into a beauty

He lived with me for years.

With a spirit as pure as can be

He always dried my tears.

I can remember him now

The memory as plain as could be.

We were truly inseparable,

Lassie, Snowy and me.


Many times I thought of Blackie

In her wisdom so rare.

She had brought me her baby

And left him in my care.

I thanked her from my heart

So very honoured and sincere.

She had given me her son

And I thank you Blackie dear !!!


Some quotes for you to enjoy.

In the beginning, God created Man,but seeing him so feeble, He gave him the cat.

Warren Eckstein.

A home without a cat -and a well fed-well-petted and properly revered cat-may be a perfect home,perhaps,bu thow can it prove title ?

Pudd'nhead Wilson.

If animals could talk the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.

Mark Twain.

A cat is more intelligent than people believe, and can be taught any crime.

Mark Twain Notebook, 1895.

I simply can't resist a cat, particularly a purring one. They are the cleanest, cunningest,and most intelligent things I know,outside of the girl you love of course.

Abroad with Mark Twain and Eugene Field, Fisher.

Of all god's creations there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.

Mark Twain Notebook, 1894.

You can keepa dog: but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals.

George Miles from "How to be decadent."

Dogs come when they are called . cats take a message and get back to you.

Mary Bly.

For a man to truly understand rejection, he must first be ignored by a cat.


I love cats because I love my home and after a while they become it's visible soul.

Jean Cocteau.

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remanis untouched.



I hope you all enjoyed today's hub and here's to so many more for us all to share on here. Have a wonderful day and lots of love to one and all from my little corner of Wales.


Some more pics of Tabs and Meg.



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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much Deb.


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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Have a wonderful day Rasma.


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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This was an excellent poem-story with great pics accompanying it. Loved it, as it made me smile.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. This is a wonderful story. Great pics. My Sid sends special meows to Tabs and Meg. Passing this on.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Take care Graham and I wish you a wonderful day,


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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Eddy. Lovely innocent memories here Eddy. It's so nice to be able to remember the good times too.

      Best wishes.


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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales




      PEGGY W

      Each and every comment read and re read and here's to so many more hubs from us all to follow.

      Lots of love to you all from Wales.


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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Such a sweet story, Eddy. I love that quote: 'Dogs come when they are called. Cats take a message and get back to you.' So true.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I grew up with cats also as well as dogs. Loved your Blackie and Snowy story. Our Dusty is on the desk right now purring and sharing a little of his love with me. Loved seeing all of your photos. :)

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Blackie gave you such a lovely gift. Beautiful hub.

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      A wonderful and lovely story! I enjoyed everything in this hub. Unfortunately, I don't have any suggestions for your pastry.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales












      These comments mean the world as I always say. Each one read, re read and so greatly appreciated. Here's to wishing you all a wonderful day and all my love I send to you all from Wales.


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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I loved seeing the photos of Tabs and Meg and reading the story about Blackie and Snowy, Eddy! Thanks for the mince pies, too. They are one of my favorite Christmas treats!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I loved your story. Isn't it remarkable that Blackie trusted you to love and care for her son. Your pics are beautiful and MJ song made this complete. Thank you dear friend..

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      beautiful hub .. with the love you show .. it is not surprising that animals gravitate to you ..Eddy

      God bless you


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A lovely story about your childhood animal friends. They become so much a part of the family. I'm sure your mince pies will be very welcome and pray that you'll have a very blessed Christmas.

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      What a lovely story! I like cats but I've always preferred dogs, though they're more difficult to look after. However, this lot are delightful and your Blackie was obviously very wise. A hub to put a smile on one's face. Thanks Eddy. Ann

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      I love the cat quotes. All my cats give your hub a paw up! Jamie

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Dear Eddy, such a beautiful and sweet story! Your love of animals, particularly cats, permeates your poetry, images and life. How wonderful is that! I have voted this way up, my friend. Hope you have an awesome day, and that you solve your baking woes. Pies have never been 'my thing' LOL ;) Pearl

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      LKMore01 4 years ago


      This is truly lovely. Although I don't have cats at the moment, I loved the imagery of your poem and especially the photo's.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I write about chickens; you write about cats; we both write about love.

      Beautiful my dear friend. I am now ready to start my day in the right frame of mind thanks to the beauty you have shared.

      blessings and love always,


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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderful hub Eddy as usual. Being a cat and dog lover (I have 4 of each) I really enjoyed your poetry, story and pics. Voted up.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great photos and words to accompany. You must have had a great time with your pets. They all look so cute. Voted up beautiful and awesome!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much as always DJ for stopping by and leaving a great comment. Here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.


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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      So glad you also enjoyed this one Joelle and lots of love for you from Wales.


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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much Shauna and enjoy your day.


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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      What a lovely story, Eddy.

      Like you, my pets were my best friends, when I was very young.

      I could tell them anything and they always seemed to understand.

      This was such fun to read. There is nothing like the love of a pet.


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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Sorry Eddy, even if I do a lot of pastry I don't have a suggestion for this problem. I hope that someone will be able to help you with that :-)

      What a beautiful story! Blackie knew that you needed a special confident in your hard times. When I grew up, the cats where also my confidents. And the good thing is that they can keep our secrets :-)))

      I always had cats in my life but now, my confident is my husband :-)

      Have a wonderful week, Eddy!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Eddy, you may need to adjust your recipe to accommodate the larger tins. Try increasing by half to start. See if that helps.

      I love this story of Blackie and Snowy. Isn't it amazing how cats can sense just the right person to take care of them (or their babies)? Your choice of song is perfect. Ben is one of my favorite Michael Jackson songs.

      Beautiful hub today my friend. Good luck with those pastries!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much and so glad you enjoyed this one. Have a great day and lots of love from Wales.


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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Come Sit By Me A While:A Mother's Love. Amazing photos another great hub from you with lots to think about. Life, love, and cats.