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.


We Won!

by admin - 23:22 on 21 September 2012

We did it! The Bumper Book of Black Isle Snappery is officially the Favourite Scottish Nature Photography Book for 2012. Thanks to everyone who voted for us.

The phone call came yesterday but we were sworn to secrecy until the results were posted on the SNPA website today. A press release from them is on its way to local and national media so it won't be long before we're on the front pages of papers and magazines across Scotland, sales soar and publishers and film-makers begin a bidding war for the rights to our opus. We can dream.

Squirrel James, accompanied by Mrs Squirrel, visited tonight (inadvertently disturbing a hungry pine marten, who scarpered before they saw her), partly to plan the next steps on the road to snappery fame but mostly to admire our new feline residents. Maia was her usual cautious self but the kittens showed off as only kittens can, culminating in Pandora climbing into the coal scuttle.

I got the blame, being too slow to grab her, then more blame when I lifted out a black-pawed occupant and dropped her when she struggled to be free, eager to decorate the carpet. Matchgirl sponged down her formerly white socks, after which a grey-pawed Pandora tried to climb in a second time. Some kittens never learn.

This might have been the time when a ninja mustelid returned to finish her meal and leave before a disappointed James could see his first marten this year. He'll have to make do with squirrels.

Comment from BikerMike at 04:52 on 22 September 2012.
Comment from Lizzie at 02:48 on 26 September 2012.
Congratulations! That's great news. Glad to see my vote counted. Hopefully it brings big sale, fame and fortune your way!

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