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.


Goodbye To Christmas

by Russell Turner - 17:12 on 15 March 2021

Christmas is over. Matchgirl returned from her latest sojourn in the Shetlands today and finally dismantled the festive tree (and removed associated Yuletide fripperies) that has stood in the corner for more than three months. Maybe she’s feeling more optimistic as her vaccine jab draws nearer.

The loss of out-of-seasonal glitz is compensated by the increasing gaudiness of her women-only (and cats) supershed – a raffle prize she won last year. A while ago, a local garden guru and handyman erected the summer house and covered it in protective sealant. Later, he painted it the vibrant purple chosen by its owner. All that’s left to do – work began today – is add the pink and yellow trim: if the shed were a person it would be a drag queen. Photos will be shared when work is done.

An internal colour scheme has not been mentioned, so maybe she plans to leave the interior plain wood and rely on yet-to-be-chosen furnishings and curtains to complete the explosion-in-a-paint-factory look. Landscaping and a raised pond have been mooted. An external light show hasn’t been proposed but it’s only a matter of time.

My day was less colourful. Week 5 of marathon training ended with an 11-mile run this morning which I completed at a sensible pace and with an impressively low average heart rate of 127bpm. I was still knackered though, possibly because no gels etc were consumed. Next week, when I have 12 miles to do, the Tailwind will be brought back into play, and maybe the 6:1 run/walk, so I can compare the two.

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