Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

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


A Hive Of Activity

by admin - 16:51 on 04 January 2014

The festive break is almost over (although life's one long holiday for the self-unemployed) and next week Matchgirl makes a reluctant return to the world of work.

Not that she's been idle anyway – today The Rural Retreat has been filled with furious activity as The Shopkeepers' Friend decides which long-unworn items of clothing should be consigned to eBay, charity shop or corporation refuse facility (six bags so far) and which should survive. Miscellaneous junk has also been identified and will shortly be assembled ahead of another tip trip.

This has not gone down well with black feline residents. Maia's grumbles increased as the day wore on. Mine may begin when it's my turn to contribute to The Great Clear-Out Of 2014, the Retreat not being big enough for two people to engage in such a task at the same time.

Not that I've been slacking. Recent days have been filled by persuading Chatterbox advertisers to continue their support for another year and early admin ahead of the Spring edition's publication in March. I've also been hard at work on a presentation promised to the local U3A later this month.

Adventures In Self-Publishing, another audio-visual spectacular, will be delivered in Gordon Hall, Rosemarkie, at two o'clock on Monday the 27th. Come and gate-crash if you're not a member – I'm sure that you won't be turned away.

So what with one thing and another the Pentax has had only light use in 2014. That will change, for this morning I glimpsed a trio of very occasional visitors on the peanut feeder – three long-tailed tits. A revival of garden bird snappery could be on the way.

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