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.


All the Fun of the Fair

by admin - 20:40 on 02 March 2012

The last two days have been gently restful, which is not at all what I wanted. I'd hoped for two hectic days of trade at the Spa Pavilion in Strathpeffer where the food and craft fair attracted only a modest attendance of bargain hunters, passers-by, the idle curious and the financially challenged.

I covered my expenses, but there wasn't much over to show for my time. Despite that, I'm not down-hearted. Most of the stall-holders spent much of their time chatting to each other, certain that trade would be much brisker if the event had been held later in the month, if the weather was better, if there was more publicity, if the weather was worse, if there was a full moon... there's always an excuse and we're always sure the next market will be better.

Unpredictability is the name of the game. On Thursday I sold nothing but cards; today I sold only one card but two prints found new homes. Received wisdom is that buyers want Highland scenes and wildlife, which I have aplenty; my two sales were a Galloway view and a Namibian cheetah. There's no accounting for customers.

However, the fair is well organised and the Pavilion is a handsome venue so I'll try the next one, in May, when the village and the Highlands will be heaving with free-spending tourists. I should be so lucky.

Trophy Cam 20

Two kits in search of Nutella...

Trophy Cam 21

... And Mum a few hours later

Marten Update: Last night the Bushnell captured the best shot so far of the pine marten pair that could be two of the three kits we saw last year. They're certainly the same size, and smaller than the lone marten snapped five hours later who I guess was Mrs Marten.

Either the third kit hasn't survived or has become camera-shy. The look-out continues.

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