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.


All Set For The Sun

by admin - 16:24 on 30 January 2014

2014 continues grey, damp and uninspiring, but I don't care – three weeks today I'll accompany Matchgirl to the (hopefully) sun-kissed island of Malta where she'll run (but not compete; the cautious athlete is saving that for Iceland or Aviemore) in the half marathon from Mdina to Sliema.

I'll be there to carry bags and offer encouragement to Marathon Matchgirl, who this weekend will brave monsoon and icy wind to complete an eleven-mile training run. It takes all sorts. With luck, our Mediterranean break will have the side-effect of rejuvenating my dormant snappery with good weather and new scenery. We'll see.

The only new scenery around The Rural Retreat is a severe outbreak of snowdrops which erupted over the weekend. Primroses are showing signs of life (much later than last year, surprisingly) and buds have appeared on several trees. Spring is almost here.


But we've still got February to get through. Matchgirl, who's desperate for some white stuff, knows the blizzards will bite when we're away and she's not here to see it, so put the 20th to 25th in your diaries.

Comment from Soo at 13:57 on 31 January 2014.
I will take lots of pictures for her if it does. Though I hope it won't.
Comment from Cathy at 16:24 on 31 January 2014.
Matchgirl is certainly made of much sterner stuff than I am!

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