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.


Lightning Strikes Twice

by admin - 20:58 on 30 September 2012

Life as a self-employed snapper has seen more downs than ups during the last few weeks of craft fairs and markets, but good times might be just around the corner. With a bit of luck.

The Bumper Book of Black Isle Snappery's extended exhibition at the Royal Hotel in Cromarty recently came to an end with the unexpected news that, after having been ignored all summer, one of my exhibits – a view of Kilmuir – had been snapped up by a discerning viewer.

Then, to prove that lightning can strike twice in the same place, another copy of the print found a new home during North Kessock market yesterday, and with the bonus that the purchaser asked me for a frame. As it was the only thing I sold during the entire market I was happy to oblige.

Today, Matchgirl and I visited Inverness to began the search to replace Mr Ford, then cheered ourselves up (I hate car shopping) with lunch at Eilean Dubh Restaurant, where I noticed that Mrs Marten no longer hangs on the wall. Hopefully she's been sold, rather than stolen, but as the place was busy with Sunday-lunchers I've left inquiry for another time.

And Beauly Gallery has ordered more copies of A Cat Called Tess. It's been a good few days. Shame I've taken no new snaps for ages. I'll attempt to rectify that this week.

Feline Update: Maia, after much Tess-like door-yowling, has been allowed to make her first solo ventures outdoors – a nervous time for Matchgirl and me. The wander returned safely after brief explorations. The Fearless Ones watched with envy, then immediately forgot about it and enjoyed another hectic session of chase-and-wrestle. Life's non-stop fun for kittens.

Almost, that is – tomorrow, all three of The Rural Retreat's feline residents will endure a check-up by Dr Vet. They won't be happy.

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