The next episode of ‘The Wonderful Us’ Podcast is dedicated to my two cats Ellie and Sasha. I actually completed the script for Episode 6 in August, but was unable to go ahead with the recording after Ellie’s unexpected death early that month. My two beautiful girls, who had been with me for most of my lifesince I moved to the West Midlands, were gone forever, and for so long, I was inconsolable, having also lost Sasha to lymphoma in June. But gradually, I have got used to our much quieter household. I will miss them, always, but I can now look back on our 12 precious years together and feel a little more of the sunshine that they brought into my life. So, the programme will go live in November 2021.

The show will focus on pet ownership. More than 50% of households in the UK are estimated to own at least one pet. And, since the outbreak of COVID-19, there’s been an unprecedented increase in animal adoptions and purchases, as people seek animal companionship to tackle feelings of isolation and anxiety. I will be posting a link to the episode on this post, so if you want to know more about the joys of pet ownership, this could be the programme for you.