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.


Home And Off Again

by admin - 16:41 on 07 May 2014

The Pride made more unhappy noise returning from its weekend holiday home than it did on the way there. Just how much fun did it have in our absence? Fortunately the trio settled down quickly and now it's as though our girls have never been away.

Kawasaki San enjoyed his west coast jaunt, despite weather bad enough on Sunday for the planned trip to Applecross to be abandoned because of low cloud and horizontal rain when approaching the top of Bealach-na-Ba. So Matchgirl and I were told, anyway. We never got that far because visibility issues involving my new helmet meant we'd fallen by the wayside (not literally) several miles earlier. Removal of the optional anti-misting strip, which acted like a rain-gatherer, solved the problem.

Life's not quite back to normal. Quicksilver, the Black Isle Writers' anthology, is now with the printer after some intensive work, and more keyboard bashing will be demanded when I return from Menorca and begin laying out the next edition of Chatterbox, two weeks late. It's all go, but we should hit our June 1 publication deadline.

Preparation for my Spanish snappery jaunt is proceeding in a leisurely manner. Euros have been bought, passport is to hand and boarding passes printed out for my first flight without Matchgirl to take charge of everything. I have tonight and a couple of hours tomorrow to dismantle the tripod, choose some clothes, pack, ensure the hold bag's weight doesn't exceed 20kgs, and pack the camera bag. Heaps of time.

More important was removing dust from the Pentax's sensor. The worst was dispersed with the aid of a blower and a steady hand which ensured nothing touched the sensor surface. There's a lot to be said for fixed-lens compact cameras.

Matchgirl will have eight days with no company inside The Rural Retreat except her feline friends. Let's hope she doesn't enjoy it as much as The Pride enjoyed our absence.

Band Update: The Strays' next gig is at the Balconie Inn, Evanton, at 1pm on Sunday June 1. That's right – the afternoon. Roast beef and rock and roll. Who could ask for more?

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