On Christmas Eve in Aberdeen we wake up to the first snowfall of the season.
What's not to like about snow?
Suddenly the world seems magical and new, all sparking clean and white. And even better, Gail's cycling 'girls' for once see sense and abandon their usual Thursday morning ride in favour of a walk across Hazlehead Park and golf course.
And yours truly is invited along, despite being neither female nor a fan of the bicycle.
Oh we had a fine morning hike through the snow - and slush and mud. The destination was the restaurant at Dobbie's garden centre, where I was allowed into the special 'dog-friendly' seating area and stood patiently while the ladies took advantage of the last opportunity for indoor coffee and scones before the cafés are all locked down again until heaven only knows when. (Gail predicts 23 March 2021).
It would have been the perfect outing were it not for the payback on returning home...