Happily Ever After
Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, memories of a much-missed moggie, three adventurous new cats, a camera, a computer and a garden filled with wildlife
Heat And Lethargy
by admin - 17:20 on 21 July 2013
Heat is the dominant theme of life around The Rural Retreat, even if the temperature doesn't quite match that of southern England. A few months ago its inhabitants moaned about the snow; now they complain about the sun. Some people are never happy.
There's no grumbling here (apart from Matchgirl's occasional gripes about the state of her legs) even though some of the flora planted last year is wilting, and brown patches have emerged on a lawn that earlier in the year was under water. I could employ bucket or hosepipe (although I'd have to buy one first) but there's no point. This is Scotland, after all, so the rain will do the job soon enough.
Lethargic is the only word to describe The Pride – most of the time. Yesterday evening, when things had cooled off a little, Maia surprised everyone by climbing and leaping around the branches of the willow tree, much to Matchgirl's perturbation. It's a good job she's lost some weight (Maia, that is; Matchgirl doesn't need to) for the adventurous moggy explored some quite small branches for quite a lot of their length and at quite a height.
A seaside jaunt seemed a good idea today, so Matchgirl and I took a short ride to Rosemarkie where we ambled on the beach and bought ice-cream at the Beach Cafe. I even got some snaps to prove it, and not a cat in sight – just some fading wildflowers and a couple of random kids.
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