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.


A Parting Of The Ways

by Russell Turner - 21:41 on 22 August 2018

August should have been the month when I reported on City Limits’ bumper wedding bonanza which brought us lots of high-paying gigs and found us playing to receptions in Inverness, Lossiemouth, Banff (twice) and Dornie, among others. There would have been bridal gowns to compare, inappropriate guest dress sense to ponder, buffets to examine and cake to criticise. (The number of weddings offering proper wedding cake, ie rich fruit cake with marzipan and royal icing, is pitiful. Sponge is just wrong.)

But rock and roll is a precarious business.

In February, the band was named Wedding Entertainment of the Year in the Scottish Wedding Awards; in July, for reasons I won’t discuss (but which don’t involve me), City Limits began a messy divorce which culminates this weekend with Jenna’s final two gigs with the band. Fun has been in short supply, hence the lack of blog activity.

We have an inexperienced replacement singer, Eileen, who’ll be thrown in the deep end next weekend. Hopefully she’ll float, thanks to some intensive rehearsal with Keith. We need her to – September, while not as hectic as August, is busy, and, after a less intense October and November, December looks set to be a whirlwind of Christmas parties and Hogmanay. As for next year, there are already a dozen weddings on the calendar.

Meanwhile, Jenna plans to form her own wedding and function band, which I’ve been invited to join. It’s a tough decision. Watch this space.

Marathon Update: 12 miles completed today; four more long runs left before the taper and the trip to York. I was 13 minutes slower than on the pre-London 12-miler but can console myself with the facts that today was 7ºC warmer, slightly less flat, a bit breezier, and was run mostly in the sensible aerobic heart zone, unlike the last one. I was still knackered at the end, though.

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