When Gail and I woke up to a snowy street scene in Aberdeen on Friday morning, I could tell she was having second thoughts about our plan to drive across the Highlands to Torridon this weekend.
Well we went for the usual walk in the park ...
... then checked the weather forecast about 87 zillion times, and I bounced around the house reminding Gail of the importance of staying young at heart, and to my great relief she flipped into girl scout 'be prepared' mode and announced: "Ok Bertie let's put the shovel in the car, and a thermos of coffee, and charge the phone, pack loads of warm clothes (including your hot-off-the-knitting-needles new jumper) and head out west".
Five hours and only one minor skid later, just before dark, we arrived in Torridon.
I regard it as totally unimportant that come this morning the steep road leading down to the cottage is now too icy for Gail's car, even with its winter tyres, to ascend.
We have food and fuel for several days, books to read, a so-called broadband internet connection and a blog to write, and the world will not end if Gail fails to make it to that work meeting in Aberdeen on Tuesday...
Oh yes and later today we shall be calling round to visit our nice neighbour and expert knitter Julia. Do you think she'll approve of my sweater?
Bertie! We have snow too! I hope you have a great time, and I say 4 thumbs up on the sweater, you look dashing.ReplyDelete
Enjoy your winter weekend away. We know you will be cozy in the new jumper.ReplyDelete
Bertie - Fear not. Snow always melts after the weekend.ReplyDelete
OMD Bertie, am glad you and Gail reached safely. That certainly looks chellenging, for paws and tyres! At least you will be warm with that wonderfur jumper :-) and remember, hugging for body heat is a grrrrreat survival technique!!! Hugs and was, YAM-aunty xxx
Bertie you and Gail are the bravest duo we know and we send you our heartiest Yahoos for your adventurous young at heart nature.ReplyDelete
For sure stay put as long as there is ice...it is tricky tricky to drive about in that sneaky mess.
That is one fine new sweater and will receive an A+++++ from Julia! AND you are a most handsome WFT poser and model
Hugs and warm kitty kisses Madi and Mom
PS that last photo is gorgeous..worth the 5 hour trip..we say but then we weren't driving/riding
After living in the desert my whole life I have still not figured out this winter driving thing. Stay safe and have fun!ReplyDelete
Monty, Harlow, and Ramble
It looks beautiful there! And we know your sweater is going to get total approval!ReplyDelete
Murphy & Stanley
very sharp in that sweater, Bertie! Im wearing my Scottish oatmeal sweater today too because it's...wait for it... 47F here and mom is cold.ReplyDelete
Hey Jake, it's been a while. Good to hear from you, my old WFT friend. Gail and I remember well your splendid oatmeal sweater.Delete
Just like the explorers of old....we think you are very brave! Enjoy your weekend....or even extended weekend.ReplyDelete
OUr mom understands Gail's reluctance to drive on the snowy roads. After last winter snowfall (2nd highest on record) and some very nasty drives - she is so happy to be retired and doesn't have to worry about it anymore. And she has Dad to drive when they go to town!ReplyDelete
Hazel & Mabel
What a wonderful adventure Bertie!! Your sweater, and snuggles with Gail, look like the perfect way to stay warm!!ReplyDelete
Rosy, Jakey & Arty
Your sweater is VERY dashing, Bertie. And I loves your bright collar light!ReplyDelete
Very stylish sweater!ReplyDelete
Spiffing jumper Bertie.ReplyDelete
Ooooh you do look handsome Bertie- you'll make all the girl doggies swoon when you wear it.ReplyDelete
Bertie - Did someone say the snow always melts after weekends ?ReplyDelete
Hmmm. Snow six inches deep and still coming as darkness falls in Torridon...Delete
Bertie, you’re in the very midst of a winter wonderland. And looking quite spiff in that lovely new jumper. Millie is looking at another frosty morning on the Northern California coast and wondering why there is nothing on the knitting needles here.ReplyDelete
Bertie, it was great to see you and Gail at the weekend. The sweater is lovely and very expertly made by Gail. Glad you made it safely back to Aberdeen. Only just catching up here, have been preoccupied looking at the snow outside. There’s a very slow thaw but still no sign of the gritter past our place.ReplyDelete
Best wishes Julia
What a treck and now you had better conserve your rations. Do you see anything of Santa Paws there.ReplyDelete
Thanks for being a friend
Sweet William The Scot