Welcome to our about us page. Nicholas and I (Melanie) live in the heart of Mid Wales, UK in the rural countryside in a 300 year old cottage. We share our home with our wonderful Tibetan Terrier called Lily and a rabble of chickens! We could never be without chickens in the garden!
I grew up with chickens, ducks, geese and guinea fowl on our family small holding and they are more than just egg layers, they are our family pets too. My hens have always had names and our Rooster, who is very handsome, is called Boris. I hatched him and his ladies who are all Buff Orpingtons about 3 years ago.
We have a dedicated art studio nestled among the trees in our garden where we can paint, draw, pack portraits, create our websites and entertain clients which is perfect for our needs. We are commissioned worldwide and clients travel far and wide to visit us. Clients form the UK often bring their pets too, we always love to meet the subjects of our paintings and drawings.
The photo below is of Nicholas holding one of his cat paintings in our garden. Nicholas loves portraying cats, the oil paintings are perfect for capturing their soft fur wither you have a short haired, or long hairs cat - or one with very little fur at all. The medium is an excellent all rounder for capturing your cats realism.
I have added photos of our two previous rescue cats below and the stories behind them. We have given two of the most beautiful cats a wonderful retirement home and we loved both cats enormously. We hope you enjoy reading about them.
If you would like to find out more about us and see more photos please visit our main website. We have an in depth area with pages dedicated to Lily, the chickens, the garden, the studio and the cottage...there's always plenty to read! About Us »
This is Merly, our first rescue cat. The saying comes to mind - 'Only a mother would love him..' and this could have been said for our Merly. Not many people would have taken him on. He must have been knocked by a car many years previous as his hip had been broken and set awkwardly as it was all out of place as you can see in the photo below right. He could walk, but quite oddly. His ear, as you can see from the photo was scraped, possibly at the time of the accident. He had very few teeth, he was thin due to various issues.
With regular checkups at the vet, we neutered him and gave him tablets for a poorly functioning kidney. His life was much improved in the three years he was with us. He was the most lovely and happy cat I have ever met and I think he couldn't believe his luck that he had finally a loving and comfortable home. He loved to be cuddled, he would lay upside down in my arms and sleep for a long time, i think it was comfortable for him after all of his injuries. We will always miss Merly, he was a very special cat.
Our next rescue cat was a beautiful and very pretty cat called Ammy - or full name Amram after Nick s Cornish smuggling ancestor. We always knew there was something wrong with Ammy, he had underlying issues from the time he came to us, however to look at him above you would never have known.
He had internal ear growths which never fully cleared even with antibiotics and special cream. He also had a condition which effected his heart, and created fluid in his body cavity and around his heart. He was put on tablets, fluid drained a few times, ears cleaned and in general we just looked after him and did everything we could for him.
He spent the last 4 years of his life with us and was only around 8 when he died. Ammy was a very happy cat, and we kept him as comfortable as we could in the final few months of his life. We miss him very much.
Finally I had to include the photo of my favorite cat when I was growing up. She was called Little Cat as we rescued her as a tiny kitten, much smaller than she should ever have left her mum. She never grew really big and was smaller than our other cats - hence her nick name which stuck - Little Cat! However even though she was small, she was a robust little thing and out lived all of our other cats - she was amazing! She passed away at the age of 23! She was a good mouser on the smallholding and had lots of fun. She would stay out over night partying the night away. The last 8 years or so of her life she preferred the comfort of her warm bed by the Rayburn and was very spoilt! As a memorial, I painted her for my parents and the portrait is hanging in their hallway to this day :)