Framed Oil painting of a guinea pigThis was my 7th Birthday present from my mum and as I recall The Best Gift Ever! And a total surprise. I remember coming home from school one day and finding Albert on the kitchen table and not thinking much of it. Obviously he had just had a sitting. He was my best friend and the reason I am not a cat lover. [Tragically, devastatingly killed some years later by our neighbour’s semi-feral feline.]  I haven’t had this on display for years as I a] grew up  and b] became unhappy with the mock ornate frame but now I love the irony of it’s fancy-ness.

I wish I was seven again.