The sky was clear and blue in Aberdeen on Sunday and I was all excited when Gail said that she and her friend Kirsty were taking me for a walk to the Forvie Sands Nature Reserve, just a twenty minute drive up the coast.
My turn to experience a sunny day at the beach, having missed out last week!
I have to say that, as we proceeded through the dunes, Gail's earlier application of sunblock was looking a tad optimistic.
I was a good boy and stayed the right side of the fence marking the 'no go' area where four species of tern are nesting in the sands at this time of year.
Gail and Kirsty paused a moment to admire the sharply defined delicacy of the birds swooping overhead, but I soon lost patience with matters ornithological.
After about a mile we reached the deserted beach and I overheard Gail trying to talk herself and Kirsty into believing that the sea fog was in fact a blessing, as it meant we had the place to ourselves and I wouldn't get too hot.
However, I'm not sure she was convinced that my intense interest in decomposing substances on the beach was also a blessing...