Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, memories of a much-missed moggie, three adventurous new cats, a camera, a computer and a garden filled with wildlife

Earlier posts can be found on Adventures of a Lone Bass Player, where this blog began life. Recent entries can be found here.





Goodbye Sam, Hello Duncan

by Russell Turner - 16:52 on 13 May 2017

So it’s goodbye to Sam. City Limits may not be getting through drummers as fast as Spinal Tap but we’re now on our third, not including stand-ins.

I’ll gloss over the circumstances, but we’re all still friends. I think. Band dynamics can be a tricky thing.

Duncan, who was Sam’s stand-in at last week’s wedding dance, has filled the vacancy and made his full band debut last night at Foxes, which was a brave thing to do after rehearsing only once, and only half the set.

Unsurprisingly, we were a little ragged in places but got away with it. We’re back there tonight when the performance should be a lot smoother, although the proposal to throw in a few songs we’ve not played before will make things interesting. We like to live dangerously.

However, the most drama took place in my absence, back at The Rural Retreat where Matchgirl was privileged to see some raw wildlife action when two alpha males squared up to each other in the twilit garden. That they were hedgehogs made the conflict all the more exciting – who knew that battling hoggies test each other by making darts and dashes at each other?

In the end they called the match a draw, one leaving to forage under the apple tree bird feeder, the other exploring the leavings beneath the garden gate feeder.

The evening gloom meant that there was no chance of the fight being caught on Matchgirl’s iPad. Shame. I’ll make sure the Bushnell’s out tonight.

Hedgehog 2

It's a while since I've seen a garden hog in the daylight so here's one from a few years ago.

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