Welcome from Barbara and Ron Darby

Sadly I lost Ron in November 2018 but we so enjoyed our time in Abys and with all our other animals.
I continue to enjoy my cats and other animals, also the Committees, and the garden.

I live in Kent with my Abyssinians, Bubble and Squeak, and a number of other assorted creatures!

We have now come to the end of our show and breeding hobby. It, the cats and the many people with whom we have been involved over these many years, have given us much pleasure and we hope to keep in touch with as many as we can.
We saw our first Abys at the National in 1963 while living in our flat in Earls Court and working for British European Airways. When we bought our first home in Kent in 1965 top of our "want" list was an Aby! Our first queen was Broughton Gipsy Queen (Ch. Taishun Leo x Icletwee's Nefra) which we bought from Phyllis Hughes in 1967. Her first litter was born in 1968 from Pam Evely's Tranby Red Tutankhamen and included a red (sorrel), although her pedigree appeared to be five generations of usuals! She was later mated to Fairlie Mehesso, one of the first blue Abys (also owned by Pam Evely), which also produced sorrel kittens (no blues though) but her favourite stud was Mavis Quinton's Ch. Linquenda Giovanni, a mating which only produced usuals. One of our early successes was at the National in 1971 when Silversmoke Kandy won Best of Breed as a kitten when there were thirty seven Abys entered! Needless to say we kept Kandy and later one of Gip's penultimate litter, Silversmoke Queenie. We later took a break from breeding cats to raise our own family but have always kept Abys.

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