Those close to me will already know that during the Summer, we lost our darling Luigi. Of course I wanted to write a blog post about him; particularly so I could show off how gorgeous he was in the photographs that we took of him. It may seem silly to some, but it's only today, nearly three months after he died, that I'm able to sit and write about him without welling up! When we first got Mario and Luigi as kittens, they were such funny little things that brought a lot of smiles and laughter to our family after we had suffered a loss.
Our friends were in awe of these beautiful and unusual looking Abyssinian kittens, and were even more in awe of the fact that we chose to name them Mario and Luigi. Luigi (pictured above as a kitten) is a 'Blue Abyssinian', and we were quite pleased that his colouring seemed to match our furnishings so well! So many people that have come to our home since we have had them have been very wary of cats. It seems to be a common concern that cats are unfriendly, vicious and selfish animals that have no interest in people. This couldn't be further from the truth when it came to Mario and Luigi. Both of them have always been loving, friendly and cuddly creatures. Funnily enough though, they had incredibly different characters. Mario broke his leg as a kitten, and ever since has been a little be jumpy and neurotic - it also means he sits in a very funny way. He's endlessly affectionate, and always wants to be cuddled up on your chest.
Whenever Luigi was done with hunting for the day, he had a favourite concrete slab in the garden that he would sun himself on (pictured above), and he was usually quite tolerant of Mario arriving to groom him... I've been very fortunate in fact to have so many gorgeous pets to photograph. Mario is by far the easiest to photograph as he's always lingering around waiting to be pampered. Luigi was actually incredibly difficult to photograph, as he was always thinking about his next move, and was never still for long. Most of my photographs of Luigi therefore are of him cuddled up in my bed sheets; somewhere where he was very content (see below!)
In his memory, we've placed a rather handsome statue in the garden to make sure that his favourite spot on the concrete is always occupied.
Hi there, my name is Nevada and I'm a twenty-five year old music teacher. The Little Green blog centres around wildlife, gardening and lifestyle photography. All photos are my own and represent the portfolio of an amateur photographer!