Neighbour from up the lane called earlier to ask if I'd seen their elderly blind deaf cat. Had been missing all day & she thought it had gone off to die.
Went out to help search and I managed to find the poor little scrap, it was totally lost near some ponds in the nature reserve that backs onto our house. Soaked through, muddy & trying in vain to find it's way home. When I picked her up she miaowed as if to say 'thank God, someone's found me' I'm sure she'd fallen into a pond at some point as she stank of pond water
The look on the owner's face was so good to see, she'd been along that route several times with no success and was convinced she wouldn't see her alive again.