I've just done something very silly. I went to the pet shop today to buy a new collar for Dusty and ended up acquiring a new cat - and here she is:
It was good of her to pose in front of one of my paintings.
The situation now is that there are two grown up cats at one end of the house, and a baby black cat at the other. She's getting more relaxed and no longer flinching when I reach out to pat her. Still no name, but there've been a couple of good suggestions.
It's always been my ambition to be a weird old cat lady and it looks as though I'll get there sooner rather than later.