It has taken a while (a bit longer than I intended) to write this as it does contain bad news.
We last commented after our trip to North Norfolk in 2017, our next planned getaway was to be to our annual visit to Blagdon Fruit Farm near Weymouth.
What we didn’t know was that this was to be the last time that we visited with both Astro and Twinkle.
We had our usual sort of holiday and the gang enjoyed their time on the grass, with Luna enjoying her usual bad habit of lying in wee in the tunnels (a bath did follow).
When we returned we didn’t know at that point that the year to come was to be a sort of annus horribilis. We were wrapped up with getting Katy sorted as she started University in Bath that September. She had not long started that we noticed Twinkle slowing down and then in the October we lost her on the 26th October 2017.
She wasn’t ill, she was nearly 6 and she settled down in a snuggle under a fleece and slowly drifted away. She first came to us on the 23rd February 2012 after losing Junior and joined Moon, Star and Midnight. After losing Midnight and Moon a couple of months later she was joined by Cosmos and Astro who became her Husboar, they were like an old married couple and Twinkle would often admonish him when his attentions strayed to the others.
She reluctantly took over as matriarch of the group when we lost Star in 2015. Her life was filled with holidays, probably something like 250 days caravanning in her 6 years. From Weymouth to Norfolk, to Devon, Cornwall, the Welsh coast, the Isle of Wight, the Forest of Dean and many more.
She was never any trouble, a loveable pig that will be sorely missed. Those of you who attended the Potteries Fairs may well have met her or even grabbed a cuddle.
Not wanting the group to fall below four we visited Coseley Guinea Pig rescue where we had Nova from and we introduced a second abby to the group and Aurora (6 months old) was accepted on the 28th October 2017
We thought that we had a new group for 2018 but Astro was increasingly becoming frail, especially so after losing Twinkle.
On the 3rd February 2018 on returning home from work we found Astro in his forever sleep in a tunnel, his favourite form of snuggle.
On Thursday 8th Feb 2018 we would have celebated the 6 year anniversary of his rescue as one of the 285. (An infamous rescue from a horder well known in the guinea pig rescue world.)
We dont know his true age but when we got him from RSPCA Walsall in June 2012 he was already 1200gms in weight. So we assume he was at least 7 years old.
While with us he had about 240 days holiday with us in our caravan. He visited Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Welsh coast to name a few.