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.


Traditional Warmth

by admin - 17:30 on 23 December 2011

Christmastime in The Rural Retreat is even more traditional this year as we have a large supply of Yule logs to burn, thanks to Mr Gardener's radical pruning of the willow tree a few months ago.

The log pile, which has already shrunk appreciably, will be gone well before spring heralds warmer nights and less need for the open fire, so if we're to continue to use free fuel, rather than sacks of West End Filling Station's finest nutty slack, we may soon be seen disappearing into the neighbouring woodland with a wheelbarrow, a hatchet and a furtive expression, ready to collect some of the many branches brought down by recent gales.

It goes without saying that Matchgirl would prefer to use a chain-saw. That's a scary thought, especially as Christmas is an upsetting time for her when every mail delivery challenges her sense of identity; despite more than three years' marriage (how time flies) she still finds cards addressed to Mr and Mrs Bassman difficult to deal with. Mr and Mrs Matchgirl would be no problem, of course.

Band Update: The members of Strawdogs have kissed and made up and enjoyed a jolly rehearsal yesterday evening ahead of our next gig, confirmed as a private birthday bash next Thursday. We'll even be paid, although most of the cash will go towards our PA debt.

Video Update: Just a couple of days after the top ten YouTube videos were unveiled, the BBC trumped them all with the world's cutest polar bear cub – too late to appear in Frozen Planet, but undoubtedly a star in the making. The video can't be embedded so you'll have to follow the link. Everybody say aaaaahh...

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