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.


Preparing For Take-off

by admin - 23:36 on 11 December 2011

Matchgirl the jet-setting businesswoman has led a cosseted existence. Her monthly flights to Shetland are paid by someone else; all she has to do is check in and take her seat.

So booking return flights to London for her Big Marathon Day in April was an eye-opener.

Much outraged expostulation occurred this afternoon as she navigated her way around the easyJet and FlyBe websites. “We've got to pay for bags!” she exclaimed. “They want £20 to reserve seats!” she revealed a moment later. And that was before additions for tax and booking fees were added to the total.

Either things have changed or she's forgotten how much it cost to fly to London before our never-to-be-forgotten Great African Adventure in 2009. Or perhaps two return flights to Gatwick were small change compared with the costs of flights to Windhoek and three weeks in Namibia.

She settled for FlyBe in the end – slightly more expensive but better flight times and two inches more leg room in the seats. She does care for me.

The poor weather has upset her training schedule but I'm sure that come the great day she'll have no trouble getting around the course, provided I can keep her off the drink the evening before. Her plan for pre-race preparation is a night on the town and a West End show. Paula Radcliffe must do it all the time.

The most excitement I had today was some garden tidying (and I've the blisters to prove it) before the next snowfall, and a wander into the woods with Bess where we found two fallen trees. The recent storm was even stormier than I'd realised.

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