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
Scraping The Snappery Barrel
by admin - 17:22 on 28 December 2011
It's been a quiet Christmas at The Rural Retreat, which is just as its residents like it – especially the feline one.
The traditional Christmas Day walk, last year made in snow, was called off because wind and rain are no temptation to leave a cottage made cosy by a rapidly diminishing woodpile. Some traditions did survive: the veggie lasagne feast in place of turkey and trimmings and the £20 gift ceiling. Matchgirl is now the happy owner of a complete set of Simon's Cat books; I received the latest Terry Pratchett, a Still Game DVD and a book of gardening tips and lore. Simple pleasures.
Snappery opportunities have been limited by weather, lethargy and imagination, so of late little has been added to the Bassman archive, and none of it spectacular. The snap of fieldfares was taken a week before Christmas and survived quality control, hugely cropped, because it's the only one I have.
The Bushnell continues to stand occasional guard, confirming that martens have not forsaken the garden although their visits are often in the very small hours.
The last snap was also taken by the Bushnell, triggered when I picked it up this morning to shake off the rain; blown up to 6x4 feet and on show in a swish gallery it would be certain to make £100,000. Or maybe not.
Band Update: The line-up continues unchanged, although another gig has been cancelled. Strawdogs withdrew from this week's party gig when it was discovered that the organiser expected us to offer up our instruments to any drunken party-goer who wished to demonstrate their skill – or lack of it – to their cheering chums. No chance.
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