Happily Ever After
Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, memories of a much-missed moggie, three adventurous new cats, a camera, a computer and a garden filled with wildlife
by admin - 16:13 on 26 April 2015
A few days ago the temperature was in the seventies; today there was a brief flurry of snow – it's not summer yet. But there's been no time for the garden. Two days ago I was hanging out with royalty; yesterday I rubbed shoulders with top novelists and in the evening gigged at The Room for the first time in (I think) three years.
My regal engagement was at Broomhill Riding Centre where Princess Anne visited the local RDA group and I took along the Pentax to capture some snaps for Chatterbox. The flashy Nikons and expensive lenses wielded by two press photographers outclassed my K100D a little but I did my best in the low light inside the riding arena where most of the action happened. A picture or two may appear here soon.
My literary engagement (solo, because Matchgirl was taking part in the Balmoral 10k) was at The Stables in Cromarty where the annual Crime and Thrillers Weekend was held. Ian Rankin and Christopher Brookmyre both gave entertaining talks and I left with a signed copy of the new Jack Parlabane novel, Dead Girl Walking. There was no new Rankin book to buy, but we were given a taste of the next Rebus tale which should be out soon. Great news.
The return of The Strays to live performance was a bit of a let-down because the sound was not the best (nor my playing). Despite that, the management was happy, the crowd appreciative, and someone demanded our number with a view to booking us for a birthday do. The customer is always right.
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