Our good neighbours turned up today, bringing an unexpected present. If you spend any time around small boats, you become aware that they tend to sport salami-like dangling appendages round their midriffs which ensure that contact with portside is a gentle kiss rather than a crunch. I don’t know what they’re called. The neighbours turned up bringing two such objects which have been most beautifully made out of sisal rope, using some kind of technique in the territory between knotting and knitting. The idea was that they might become scratching posts for Miss Kit. I’ll take one up to our bedroom and see if it distracts her from her matutinal ritual of scratching the arm of the chair in the bedroom, but I have hung the other on my study door. She may scratch it, but more importantly, it’s the perfect thing to keep the door open to let the animals beetle in and out as they are wont to do. And artiginal to boot.