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.


On The Road Again

by admin - 23:17 on 17 July 2010

A ten-day weather forecast that featured eight days of heavy rain, light rain or showers tipped the transport balance in favour of Agent Cooper. Kawasaki San stayed home. I'm a disgrace to the motorcycling fraternity.

Matchgirl and I left The Rural Retreat and associated cats, birds and pine martens in the capable hands of Tony and Soo and less than four hours later were seated in Dee's mansion in the Scottish borders and eating the first course of far too much, as always happens when we visit her.

Scrabble was not mentioned once.

A text from the Retreat reassured Matchgirl that all cats were coping without us and that an unidentified marten had been seen. No mention was made of how long it stayed or whether it enjoyed its new diet.

For in a dramatic break with culinary tradition, Nutella and honey were replaced before I left with helpings of Brussels pâté and Whiskas, neither of which held the interest of local wasps for very long. The down side was that the jellied part of the Whiskas held great interest for neighbourhood flies. Nuts remained on the menu but, with nothing to keep them stuck to the gate, most were soon stolen by blue tits and great tits.

Feeding pine martens is a tricky business.

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