As regular readers will have gathered long ago, Lady Bracknell's editor is a slave to the Interwebnet, and is frequently (and all too easily) drawn into its stranger highways and byways. Lady Bracknell's severest reprimands have no effect. The woman knows no shame.
The Editor's relentless Google searching drew her earlier today to a site the existence of which she was previously entirely unaware.
Not On The High Street dot com offers many beautiful things, particularly in its jewellery pages.
However, enticing though many of the earrings on offer are, the site only really comes into its own for entertainment purposes in the pet section. The photograph to the right is not, readers may be surprised to learn, one of an inordinately large domestic cat. The cat in question - let us call him Oscar - is of a standard size. He is reclining (albeit in a somewhat grumpy posture) on a comfy cotton pet bed
A bed which "stands on wooden Queen Anne Legs which will keep your pet out of the draft and off your furniture!". Allegedly.
In a long life replete with feline company, Lady Bracknell has yet to meet a cat who shows a marked predilection for a Queen Anne Leg. In fact, all cats of Lady Bracknell's acquaintance have, when asked to express a preference, always chosen upholstered furniture legs over wooden ones, no matter how classical the style, on the grounds that upholstery is far more satisfying under the claws than varnished wood.
It is also Lady Bracknell's experience that nothing is more likely to ensure that a cat will choose to settle down on its people's furniture than the generous provision of a special cat bed of its very own.
Inexperienced cat owners who consider the prospect of their dear little furry bundle reposing on a miniature sofa to be endearing beyond words may purchase the bed (in pink, or blue) for a mere £235. Although they ought, perhaps, not to be surprised if they are accused by less extravagant persons of having more money than sense.