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

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The Agony And The Ecstacy

by Russell Turner - 15:53 on 25 June 2016

Yesterday in The Rural Retreat began with a shriek of anguish at 5.30 after Cathy the Visitor crept downstairs. Matchgirl's first thought was that our guest had seen something horrific under the dining table, left behind by rampaging cats. Anxious enquiry revealed that she had seen something horrific, on her iPad – the referendum result.

The rest of the morning was spent watching increasingly depressing news and weighing up the options for escape to Canada or New Zealand. Evidence that some Leave voters were already regretting their choice only made it worse.

We attempted to banish the Brexit blues with pizza at Sutor Creek, which helped, followed by City Limits' charity gig in Inverness attended by C and M, which helped even more. A good time was had by all, although Matchgirl had to use all her wiles to avoid invitations to dance. Cathy was not so smart.

The band is out again tonight, at Brora Gala, but without our two newest fans. Cathy is now home in the sovereign state of Englandshire, while Matchgirl planned an early night to compensate for one disturbed by snoring. Mine, not hers.


The future may be grim, but I have something to look forward to – Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in March. The spirit of Yes lives on. Sadly, Matchgirl has declined the opportunity to attend and extend her musical education, so I'll be there alone (apart from a hall packed with like-minded enthusiasts) because no-one I know shares my taste in prog rock. It's their loss.


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