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
Good News, Bad News
by admin - 22:57 on 18 October 2011
The authors of The Bumper Book of Black Isle Snappery today received a welcome communication from Waterstone's in Inverness – an order for a hundred more copies.
The Highland Capital's premier bookstore very decently pays up front, rather than on sale or return, so when the delivery is made on Thursday we can celebrate another milestone – with one mighty leap our sales figure will pass one thousand.
Even better is that Toby, the store's jovial manager, believes he might have to make another order before Christmas, such is demand for the perfect festive gift.
News of a financial windfall to come couldn't arrive at a better time, for Mr Ford's woes continue to grow. Returning home today from GNoME HQ a pebble thrown up by a passing Fiesta hit his windscreen, after which all I could do was watch, helpless, as a twelve-inch crack snaked insidiously across glass containing the doubtless hideously expensive heating filaments. Tomorrow my insurance policy will be examined carefully.
It's an ill wind, of course. When Richard, owner and chief mechanic at RM Motors, returns from his holiday next week he'll be able to afford another by the time he's finished with the ailing Mondeo.
Fortunately there was more good news today regarding the Bumper Book. Visit Scotland, which runs the tourist information centres in Inverness and North Kessock, is keen to stage a book-signing and has undisclosed plans for a further promotion, to our mutual benefit.
With luck, by the time Mr Ford's restored to health, I might break even.
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