Monday, 29 November 2021

Still in fashion

I'm pleased to report that Gail and I survived Storm Arwen on Friday night, with no damage to person or property in our little corner of Aberdeen. Gail felt a bit sorry for the folk who were stuck on a train inbetween here and Inverness for 17 hours, but in my experience Scotrail staff keep generous supplies of shortbread on board, so no-one would have had to go hungry. 

By Sunday the storm force winds had been replaced by snow and ice.

So Gail pulled my red 'Nordic snowflake' jumper out of my winter clothing bag and suggested I put it on for our planned outing to Forvie Nature Reserve.

For some reason she seemed delighted that I would be able to wear this home-knitted sweater for a second year, and rather scoffed when I expressed concern at being seen in last season's outfit. She assured me today's trend is for clothes which last, and that 'fast fashion' is no longer de rigueur. 


To say the weather at Forvie was changeable would be an understatement.

But I will say one constant was that everyone we met* on the hour long walk did comment on my fine knitwear. 

So I guess for once Gail was right. 

*Gail says: "everyone we met" - that would be just three other hardy walkers.


  1. wow is it still that time? we had not much trouble with arwen, it was eggs-hausted as it came to us... but we think about all the peeps and pets who met her face to face...

  2. Hari OM
    Bertie lad, you wear the read with such panache, there can be no 'aged fashion' about this statement! It is pawfect against that snow and you look like you are having the best time.

    Apart from incredible winds on Friday, there was little else of note around the Hutch to mark the passing of Arwen. The temps have surely dropped, though, and the hilltops do have an icing sugar look... Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. Bertie, you look so handsome in your cosy red sweater, and there is no way that's it's last year's trendy statement. It's seriously classic, and always in fashion.
    What a fabulous walk you had in the snow, and in your red sweater you were easy to spot at a distance
    We've had the tail end of storm Dana, which has caused similar disruptions in the north here, to yours in the UK. It's still very windy but the sky is blue and it's sunny, and my wimp of a human says it's far too blustery and cold to go out yet.

    Inca xx

  4. Your sweater is so beautiful and so striking on you, Bertie. It will never go out of style!

  5. Bertie dear it goes w/o saying that I love your fashion sense and color choice too. Thankful to know that all you met were 'smart' and commented on your Jumper. OMDs look at your paw prints in the snow and the last photo it is snowing or at least I think I see flakes.

    Please tell Gail we paint our house ever 5-7 years. In between paintings we normally have it power washed one time. It was last painted in September 2018. I'm very pleased you like the color of our door. It was a big change for us.
    Hugs cecilia

  6. Some sartorial elegance there Bertie. Oscar just has some new jackets from lady in Scotland who makes them under the name of Cracker-jackets (see Facebook) - the best jackets we've ever bought - even made Oscar an extra thick alpine version.
    How nice to have snow.

  7. I have read others posts about this storm and am so very happy to see you looking Magnifico in your red jumper/sweater... I am so happy you are wearing it a second year.. you do look amazing in all that snow, a bright pop of JOY.. so glad the storm is gone and without any lasting damage to you and Gail

  8. Bertie - Our cleaning lady at the 'Wee House' fell over and broke a bone in her hand. She didn't say whether she slipped on snow or was blown over by the wind. As for being stuck on a Scot Rail train for 17 hours let's hope the wash rooms didn't freeze .

  9. We are SO JEALOUS of your cold and snow, sure it might be challenging for the humans, but we are huskies and we would have given anything to take a walk with you and Gail! Especially since you looked so snappy in your sweater!

    Rosie and Redford

  10. You are a real trooper, Bertie, to brave the cold and snow. We bet you were happy to be sporting that stylish sweater. It looks great on you.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  11. You sure look great in that sweater, Bertie. We're not surprised that everyone you saw on your walk commented on it. Those pictures make us a bit jealous since you have more snow than we do!

  12. We think you look very dapper in your sweater Bertie...Red is a color that doesn't seem to ever go out of fashion!
    Rosy and the Gang

  13. You look fabulous in the snow and are a brave little snow dog.

  14. Hi friend, Ojo here! Oooh, what a wonderful Winter Walk! I would love to join you! As a bonus you look smashing in your sweater, it would be an honour to explore alongside you!

  15. What a handsome figure you cut, Bertie! A sweater that smart-looking never goes out of fashion. The snow looks beautiful - and chilly.

  16. We're glad you made it through the storm. Looks like you're ready for that snow in your nice jumper, Bertie!

  17. OMD, Bertie, you do look extremely dapper in your sweater!

  18. I am rejoicing that you wore that sweater for a second year, Bertie! You look fine, and the snow looks delightful!