Yes I'm quite sure it's her - I have several other photos which Sabrina sent me. Vet check tomorrow will confirm with the microchip anyway but what are the chances of picking up another longhaired tortoiseshell with the same markings at the same services!
Mark I can't believe how chilled she is either, I was expecting a terrified feral cat but she has behaved just like any other 'normal' cat...pottering about, using the litter tray, lying on her back with legs in the air, being very friendly and happy - I think she must just be very relieved to be in the warm again!
I text Sabrina earlier but I have not heard back from her yet, I also text her a couple of days ago and told her we were about to set a trap and she replied then so I know she is around. I will give her a buzz on her home number tomorrow if I haven't managed to make contact before then.
Oh yes the story...well about 6 weeks or so ago we had a possible sighting over the golf course - it seemed plausible because the house was at the end of a ditch line which ran straight from the services. Tried a trap over there and got nothing - re-leafleted and got a couple of calls which again came to nothing (one had seen a similar cat but she had a white front, another wanted to know if I wanted a kitten instead) and then a long period of nothing...until last week when someone rang to say they had seen her at the services the week before but couldn't catch her - they live local and saw the poster in the vets so rang me a week later. (just goes to show how important it is to keep those posters up!) so we got back in contact with the services and it turns out that Lia had been seen there for about the past month...staff had been feeding her and hoping to just catch her, but as they hadn't been able to they got in contact a few days ago. So Sue from the local Cats Protection who has been doing a brilliant job of helping me and sorting stuff out (because she has the cats protection logo on her email it seems to make more people listen than just me with my hotmail account!) got hold of a trap. Mr Barista from Starbucks at the services got the necessary management permission for us to set the trap and made arrangements for it to be monitored; we set the trap this morning, and by 3.30pm - bingo!
Little vid http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v117/AlisonA/?action=view¤t=037-1.mp4
I am a happy cat who will sleep well tonight