Now I know how fast everything can change, I won't take life's joys for granted

Now I know how fast everything can change, I won't take life's joys for granted

This week I’d planned to write about the cats that pass through my garden and how, because the circumference of my life has contracted to the flat’s perimeter, a drop-in from these nimble-pawed visitors was the day’s excitement.I have no idea what any of it means, other than having had enough of living through “historic” times.

Unexpected joys of self-isolation

Unexpected joys of self-isolation

Don’t worry, bread-lovers, I have a solution , 1 April).• Join the debate – email [email protected]• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit • Do you have a photo you’d like to share with Guardian readers?

A bag for life that’s keeping its promise

A bag for life that’s keeping its promise

• Re purchases outlasting purchasers (Letters , 8 January), when the charge for shopping bags was introduced, a young lady at the checkout in a well known store asked me if I wanted a 5p bag or a “bag for life”.

Mince pies for pets take the biscuit

Mince pies for pets take the biscuit

I read your editorial with a wry smile (Towns and cities across Britain need theatres just as much as the West End , 7 December).• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit

Disappearing cats and deadly ditches

Disappearing cats and deadly ditches

• Your report on Samira Ahmed’s equal pay claim (31 October) suggests the BBC thinks it right to pay more for an entertainment presenter dealing with topics in a lighthearted way than for a programme where a journalist deals with them seriously.

An ‘accessible’ lunch can leave a bad taste

An ‘accessible’ lunch can leave a bad taste

• Wendell Steavenson’s “Flour power” (The long read , 10 October) continues the widespread fashion of the fetishisation of food in the guise of promoting healthy eating.• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit

Country diary provides words of sanctuary in turbulent times

Country diary provides words of sanctuary in turbulent times

The supposed affection of cats (Yes, your cat really does love you… , G2, 25 September) is strongly suggested by the story of Doorkins Magnificat, the Southwark cathedral cat.• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit

Another Birmingham TV series that’s worth a look

Another Birmingham TV series that’s worth a look

• It is good news that Peaky Blinders fans have flocked to explore the world associated with the BBC series (Report , 2 September).The BBC’s Bergerac series (1981-91) was, for example, credited with a huge increase in tourism to Jersey.

Advisers advise, but do ministers decide?

Advisers advise, but do ministers decide?

• If Boris Johnson wants to deselect any Tory rebel MPs (Report , 2 September), surely progressive political parties should respond by allowing them to stand unopposed.• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit

We pensioners can’t strike but we can revolt

We pensioners can’t strike but we can revolt

Why can’t MPs just stage a mass sit-in in the Commons (Cross-party politicians call for an alternative parliament to fight no-deal Brexit, Letters , 31 August)?.I confess to not being able to resist the temptation (Letters , 29 August).

The rights and wrongs of training your baby like a dog

The rights and wrongs of training your baby like a dog

I was surprised at Chitra Ramaswamy’s strongly worded condemnation of C4’s Train Your Baby Like a Dog (G2, 21 August).I think the programme was stimulating and interesting and showed positive results without talking to the baby like a dog.

The mother of all annoyances

The mother of all annoyances

How many more times will the Guardian tell us that Ursula von der Leyen is the mother of seven (Report , 19 July)? • Join the debate – email [email protected] • Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit

Playing cat and mouse over posh nosh

Playing cat and mouse over posh nosh

• Christine Allen, of the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, writes of the excellent work being carried out to counter climate change by many people in the Catholic church (Letters , 13 July). • Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit

Foxed by Basil Brush and his lost decades

Foxed by Basil Brush and his lost decades

She deserves her position on ability and not as yet another “race, gender, class” nominee – which is as it should be (Ofcom chief named as new chairman of John Lewis , 7 June). • Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit • Do you have a photo you’d like to share with Guardian readers?

Theatre by the Lake has got a decent rep

Theatre by the Lake has got a decent rep

I strongly endorse Robin Hargreaves’s letter (A dignified end for beloved pets , 3 June). • Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit

A dignified end for beloved pets

A dignified end for beloved pets

It would be a tragedy if this poorly evidenced representation of the most important function we perform in companion animal medicine were to dissuade anyone from seeking the best, most compassionate end-of-life care and advice that veterinary professionals and their support staff can provide.

Xylitol is not such a sweet treat for dogs

Xylitol is not such a sweet treat for dogs

• I was cheered in hard times to hear on Radio 5 Live that Michael Gove had stated that “he was ready to leave the country”. • Join the debate – email [email protected] • Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit

Michael Gove’s legacy and his No 10 destiny

Michael Gove’s legacy and his No 10 destiny

• Visitors to Mulhouse (Letters , 27 May) should not miss the Musée du Papier Peint (Wallpaper History Museum) in nearby Rixheim.

Romans in Britain and Welsh rabbits

Romans in Britain and Welsh rabbits

Dewi Evans says the Welsh word for rabbit is very similar to its Romance counterparts; Brian Ayers says rabbit bones found in East Anglia are also proof of Roman connections.

Assange has been collared. His cat knows the feeling

Assange has been collared. His cat knows the feeling

• It is not easy to feel sympathy for a man who dresses his cat in a collar and tie (Assange faces five years in US jail as standoff ends , 12 April). Let’s have at least one happy, uplifting story on the front page every day. • Join the debate – email [email protected]