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
So Long Mr Painter
by admin - 23:49 on 12 August 2011
Mr Painter packed up his brushes this afternoon and left for his next job, The Rural Retreat's exterior woodwork tastefully covered in blue and white gloss and varnish. The only drawback was that the door and all the windows have been open all day, to allow his hard work to dry without blemish, which is why Matchgirl was festooned in her winter blanket all evening. She feels the cold something cruel.
The open door was too great a temptation for roaming Romeo who tiptoed inside until halted by my shout. The resident moggy saw him off then followed him outside to make sure he didn't return. Bess can be territorial when she wants to be.
Someone else keeping an eye on her territory is Mrs Marten, seen for the first time in weeks at 11.30pm yesterday. She looked fit and well, I'm happy to report, and showed no concern at having a torch turned on her. After making short work of the goodies on the gate she climbed The Nutella Tree to enjoy even more there.
Feeding will continue even though we'll see little of her until next April. There was no sign of her tonight but all marten treats will be gone in the morning.
Another visitor today was Mr Gardener who sprayed more of his organic weedkiller around the Retreat's vast estate. The real work could begin soon.
Snappery Update: The deadline for the Countryfile competition has passed without me finding a worthy entry. There's always next year.
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