It turned out that we had been invited to the launch party for Lonely Mountain Skis, a new venture, started up by Jamie, son of the aforementioned John and Françoise. This is what the business is about:
"Lonely Mountain Skis is a Scottish ski company specialising in hand made skis built from Scottish timber and natural fibre composites. With an emphasis on quality and sustainable materials LMS will keep snow falling on the mountains."
Now I'm going to be honest with you and admit that I am not a fan of these so-called "winter sports". One time when I was still barely more than a puppy, Gail attempted to make me run alongside her as she went swooshing around Hazlehead golf course on her cross-country skis. It was not a success, from my perspective, and thankfully that particular experiment has never been repeated.
But anyway I listened politely enough as Jamie explained all about how he designs and constructs these beautifully crafted wooden skis.
And I must say there were some fine looking products on display.
(You weren't imagining I might pull the sled were you? What do you think I am? A husky?)
Afterwards, it was fun to explore Jamie's workshop and environs, and I was given lots of friendly ear scritchies.
When we got home, I did some research, and I have a message for young James.
Jamie, with your superb design skills, I don't doubt you could come up with a bespoke conveyance so that I could accompany Gail on her cross country skiing outings in comfort and style. Here are a couple of ideas for prototypes. (Please note that I would consider the quality of the cushions important).
I shall look forward to receiving the blueprints for inspection.