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
Masham, Motorways And Music
by admin - 23:03 on 14 October 2014
I was lucky. The rain held off long enough this morning for me to follow The Wheatsheaf's excellent breakfast with a bimble around the eastern part of Wensleydale during which I took a forty-five-minute snappery break at Jervaulx Abbey. If the results are any good they might make a decent AV.
Also included in the tour was a quick diversion to the Theakston's Brewery Visitor Centre in Masham where liquid gifts were purchased for Bike Club Richard. For old time's sake, I also enjoyed fruit cake, Wensleydale cheese and tea at the Bordar House Cafe. Cheese and cake on the same plate is another of the rare things on which Matchgirl and I don't see eye to eye. It takes all sorts.
It was great to be back in the Dales – it's only when I'm there that I realise how much I miss it – but all good things come to an end. Masham led to Leyburn, which led to Bedale, which led to the A1M, then the M1, rain and roadworks, the M69, more roadworks, and Leamington Spa where I arrived at chez Richard five minutes before he came home from work. Splendid timing.
Beer and whisky was consumed, gossip shared, and a relaxing time had by all.
The bonus was a text from The Mystery Band to declare that after a unanimous vote (they would say that, of course) I'd got the job. So I can now reveal that the band is City Limits, which features Ashley on vocals and tambourine, Keith on vocals and guitar, Mike on drums and now me on bass. Hurrah!
Our first gig is a week on Saturday (I've not yet learned where) which could be interesting. Ashley is running a marathon in Holland this weekend (I feel that she and Matchgirl could get on well) and therefore unavailable for rehearsal. The male members of the group will do what we can in the meantime until a full band rehearsal is held sometime next week. There's nothing like diving in at the deep end.
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