OK then Bertie, that's fine with me. We have some free time this afternoon. Where would you like to go?
Well Gail, I checked on the VisitWoods website, and was surprised to find that there is no information yet about the wood nearest to our home, St Fitticks Community Woodland. Look, see, there on the map, it's listed as being only 1.4 miles away, so perhaps we could walk from here?
Oh Bertie, I fear there may be good reasons for the lack of information. I see that it's very small, and is right next to that smelly waste treatment plant....
A smelly waste treatment plant! Whoopee! Oh that sounds right up my street. Come on, where's my lead?
(Gail sighs, and fetches the lead).
Bertie, if we absolutely must visit this wood, can we at least go via the harbour and round by the coast? It's a longer walk, but more varied and we won't then have to go through the really ugly housing estate.
A longer walk? Super! Off we jolly well go!
First we take a shortcut round the back of our Aberdeen neighbours' houses.
They do look a bit smarter from the front.
The shortcut takes us down to the River Dee. See how patiently I wait at the road crossing (despite there being no cars).
On the other side of the river I race the Aberdeen Rowing Club.
We're at the harbour in no time at all.
Soon enough we come to a little beach at the mouth of the harbour.
The harbour mouth is where the local bottlenose dolphins hang out, but we can't spot any today. I think the sea is too rough.
Further round the headland, we go past the lighthouse.
And a half a mile later, we've arrived at our destination!
Er, yes. Those sticks are part of the St Fitticks Community Woodland, apparently. And that's the landfill and waste treatment site behind. Disappointingly odour free today...
I guess Gail does have a point about the ugly housing...
But the 'wood' has one or two pretty corners with bigger trees, if you look hard enough.
We take a different route back, and after a short stretch through the housing scheme and across a busy road, we end up in more green space, south of the Dee.
Then it's back across the river and into Duthie Park. Lots of 'my' park is still fenced off due to the ongoing restoration project.
But at least the kiddies' playground is still open and busy.
Finally we're home. That's my house on the right, behind my Mini.
Well I thought it was a great wee expedition, but Gail is saying she's going to retain rights of veto on my future woodland choices.
Can that be fair?