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.


Memories Of Malta

by admin - 19:31 on 26 February 2014

Life at The Rural Retreat is almost back to normal: grey weather, threats of rain, hungry cats; it's like we've never been away. Matchgirl's intestinal incapacity still ails her, however, although the silver lining is that she'll soon be able to fit comfortably into jeans she's not worn for a while.

Being a supportive husband, yesterday my own insides briefly came out in sympathy at Gatwick Airport, where we had a long wait for the connection to Inverness from Malta. Whether my illness was caught from her, was independent of her or was a psychosomatic shadow, I can't say. Fortunately it didn't last long.

That's no comfort to Matchgirl, of course. You can read her version of The Great Maltese Sporting Debacle on her blog. Be warned – it's not for the faint-hearted.


I've sifted through the few holiday snaps, binned a lot and saved a few of which I'll share two today. Above is the view from our hotel window; below is proof that Maltese cats are much more patient than Scottish ones in their quest for food.

Waiting For Supper

The remainder of my snaps, some of which will appear tomorrow, were all taken in Mdina – somewhere I'd happily return to tomorrow, especially if I had more time and a tripod. Whether we will see it again is unknown, for Malta's a long way from the top of Matchgirl's list of favourite places.

She's also decided that she prefers running in cold climates, so my hopes of the Bermuda Marathon grow increasingly faint. Oslo, on the other hand...

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