Finally I brought Ms Akira downstairs for her very first walk. She has never done this in all her 12 years. She had specifically made a request through Fern that she thinks this may be an activity that she might enjoy.
She did enjoy it much to my surprise. After the initial meow of fear, she very bravely sat and was interested in everything outside. I had bundled her up as I thought she would appreciate the cover and comfort of the towel. She also had her soft toy.
True to form, she only had one eye out when the going was noisy. But she went back to alert mode when we were at the park.
Popps had no such problem. She looked at everything and everyone. She told Fern that she would like to go outside to see the sights in a carrier and when it was not raining. She is a cat who knows her mind although I am amused that she would make the 'not raining' request. It may be from her commcat days when she used to sit in the rain or when she had to huddle in corners for fear of getting cold and wet.