Paddy had lots of kittens
but they were all grown up now and living with their own pets
in other houses in the town. Paddy's pet - Jim - was very well
behaved and was always kind and considerate to everyone. When
he was not looking after Paddy, Jim would spend time on his allotment,
growing fruit and vegetables for himself and Paddy and for some
of the neighbours, who thought that Jim's tomatoes were the best
they had ever tasted.
In the evenings, when work was done, Jim and Paddy would curl
up together on the settee and watch 'Coronation Street' - a soap
opera about daily life in Lancashire.
In the winter months, Jim would turn up the central heating and
light the lamps and they would be as cosy as anyone could be.
Jim loved to hear Paddy purr as she lay with her head on his lap.
One evening, before their favourite programme began, Jim was watching
the news. The weather forecast which followed was not very good
- there were going to be severe gales and torrential rain over
the next few days. Some areas were in danger of flooding. Jim
was thankful that his house was not on the valley - he and Paddy
should be safe from any flood water.