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.


Spring At Last

by admin - 19:12 on 10 April 2011

Spring enveloped The Rural Retreat in earnest today: blue sky, a warm breeze, dancing daffodils, a peacock butterfly, bees and a common lizard.

Because I became aware of the lizard only when I went to see what was providing Bess with such fun, I took no snaps of the unfortunate beast. She (I think) was rescued minus part of a tail and with a wound in one side, then left in a place of safety, hopefully to recover. Cats are evil creatures.

Treecreeper 2

Our cold-blooded would-be killer spent much of the day lazing in a nest underneath the kitchen window where she could make the most of the sun and the least of the breeze. Spring is definitely here.


To mark the occasion I gave the Pentax its first outing for a while and returned with slightly soft but still satisfying snaps of a treecreeper and a wren to go with a goldfinch seen yesterday.

Goldfinch 7

An article in the latest RPS Journal sings the praises of the Pentax K5, which has a usable ISO up to 6400 – that would improve shutter speed when the lens is at full stretch and there's no tripod handy. If my hope of selling vast quantities of The Bumper Book at the Black Isle Show becomes reality I'll treat myself to one as a reward.

I can dream

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