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.


Another Plan Bites The Dust

by admin - 21:43 on 04 November 2011

Planning for the future of The Rural Retreat was thrown into further disarray today by a phone call from Mr Renderer, who's been conspicuous by his absence since Mr Foreman erected scaffolding around the cottage two weeks ago.

His high-tech German pressure-sprayer, which coats buildings with his secret-recipe lime render, went kaput yesterday while he and his assistant laboured on another job. Hand-finishing was called for, it seems.

The failed Teutonic technology must be sent away for a faulty widget to be replaced – a task which will take an uncertain length of time – but as Mr Foreman is pining for his scaffolding our rendering wouldn't have been started anyway.

When it is, the work requires several days of fine weather – so how it's ever completed in Scotland is a mystery. Winter is almost upon us, and blizzards could bite before Mr Renderer's machine is returned, so a new start date has been pencilled in for spring. The Retreat will have to survive the rain-lashed months with the existing cracked render.

Whether we'll still have money in spring is another matter; Matchgirl's reaction to my impending possible poverty was to cheer herself up with a shopping spree through Inverness's clothing establishments.

I was more gainfully employed, as a result of which more copies of The Bumper Book of Black Isle Snappery found new homes. Every little helps.


Back home, Bess was keen for a stroll up the lane near the cottage so I blew the dust off the Pentax and took it with us. The only surviving snap won't win any awards but I like it.

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