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.


Life On The Periphery

by admin - 17:35 on 28 March 2014

Living so far from the centre of civilisation that is London has the occasional drawback, especially when it comes to international travel.

Having enjoyed my brief foray into the Mediterranean so much (despite Matchgirl's Maltese malady) this week I booked another jaunt: seven days in Menorca on a May-time holiday led by PhotoActive Philip – something I've had in mind for a long while. Snappery not being much of a spectator sport, Matchgirl will stay behind to spend some quality time alone with The Pride – something she's looking forward to with distressing eagerness. With luck she'll miss me when I'm gone.

The only other dark cloud was cast by the travel arrangements, more specifically their cost. Getting to Gatwick and back on easyJet's Airbus, and a night in the Gatwick Hilton because it doesn't land in time to connect to anything useful, is more expensive than the longer return flight from Gatwick to Mahon in Monarch's much bigger and more comfortable aircraft. Inverness to Manchester, Birmingham or Luton, which also connect to Mahon, threw up even greater logistical challenges.

At least there's a connection on the way back, although it does mean landing in Inverness after 10pm.

But I can't complain too much. It should be a great week away. Now all I have to do is work out how to stuff my monster tripod into a bag and leave enough space for a change of clothes.

Maia 10

Feline Update: Maia has done it! Her regular veterinary check-up today revealed that the formerly podgy puss has shed more than a kilogram to hit her 4kg target weight. She'll be delighted to learn that she's now allowed a few more biscuits every day. Maybe that will stop her shouting for breakfast at first light. Or maybe not.

Comment from Cathy at 20:19 on 29 March 2014.
You'll have a wonderful time in Menorca! I'd love to go again one day.
Comment from Russell at 20:40 on 29 March 2014.
There are still places left!
Comment from Cathy at 21:50 on 29 March 2014.
Aah, if only. Got a little trip to Iceland in June ... ! So many places, so little time (and £££)

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