The Photo Gallery: Bond

| January 30, 2013

This week’s theme for The Photo Gallery is Bond. Not as in James Bond but as in the everlasting bond that is created between family, friends and pets.

I’ve been surprised at the amazingly strong bond created between Imogen and her cousin Baby Amber and with Molly my beloved rescue cat of 17 years.

The absolute beauty of these intense bonds is that they’ve developed in only four weeks since our arrival in New Zealand.

Imogen and Amber are the best of friends. They share toys (most of the time) and enjoy holding hands and running together, splashing in the paddling pool and most of all they both adore giving one another big hugs.


Imogen is so loving and gentle of Molly despite being a toddler and wanting to share her exuberant energy. Molly has an arthritic hip which makes her very slow to move and she likes to sleep a lot. Rather than running around the garden Imogen spends a lot of time talking to Molly and giving her plenty of strokes and many kisses.

Molly Cat

My parents kindly took over the care of Molly the cat when I ventured from New Zealand to England in the summer of 2003. It was heart wrenching saying goodbye to Molly and I have been so fortunate to see her again, especially this time given she is such a ripe old age.

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  1. Sarah says:

    Absolutely adorable photographs and with the wonders of Skype I am sure the bond between cousins will grow from strength to strength when you return to the UK. They’ll grow up chatting away on secret calls and playing all sorts of games!

    • Lydia says:

      Yes, thank goodness for Skype. It’s so wonderful they’ve created this bond which we will help grow from the other side of the world. x

  2. Alicia Flynn says:

    Love the pic of Amber and Imogen hugging each other in their summer hats! Great pic xxx

  3. The Fool says:

    Great photos, it’s amazing how a toddler can know how to deal with an animal like that isn’t it?

    • Lydia says:

      It’s such a rewarding experience bringing up babies and children to love and care for animals. Hubby and I are both animal lovers. We have 2 rescue cats in London which Imogen adores. They’re not so keen when they get woken up regularly for another play session!