Hello from Oxfordshire
I'm Kedi (means cat in Turkish) and have always had cats. Grew up with childhood tortoiseshell called Ethel. Currently owned by Herring, who is 13, and is very, very hairy. She is black, technically, although she seems to be getting more and more ginger.
In early June we also got Helena Cobweb, who is a bengal cross (her mum is a bengal who got out, and came home pregnant!). She is very pretty, very lively and has a spotty tummy. She's sitting on my knee right now!
We are in England where there is a strong tradition of letting cats go out - Herring spends most of the summer in the garden. Helena has only been out so far under supervision but we'll probably start letting her out in September, after we get back from our holidays.
Looking forward to meeting you all.