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.


Caution – Men At Work

by admin - 23:53 on 11 October 2011

Much activity has taken place in The Rural Retreat's garden in the past two days, but neither Matchgirl nor I have been around to see it, she being in Shetland and me at GNoME HQ.

The action is centred on the site of our tumbledown shed – now demolished as there was no hope of moving the picturesque ruin elsewhere – and the equally ancient nearby oil tank. In two days the invisible workmen have cleared the area, levelled part of it and placed stone flags on which our new secondhand oil tank will stand..

Bess has been a tad moochy when I've returned from the office, which suggests the noise of men at work is not to her liking. Matchgirl, on the other hand, would like nothing more than to hang out with the workforce because she's been promised a go in the mini digger that's part of the process. If all the tasks are completed tomorrow she'll miss her opportunity.

For my part, I'll be glad when it's over and the labourers take home their tools and machinery. When you've grown used to a lack of obstructions in the parking area it's easy to forget about them, although the crunch which followed a reversing manoeuvre this evening was an instant reminder.

Mr Ford now has a digger-shaped dent in his boot door – one more item on a to-do list that includes an overdue service, fettling of linkages and new rear tyres. It's fortunate we'd already decided to use Agent Cooper as transport for our forthcoming week away.

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