Sunday 19 December 2021

The clue is in the jumper

Hmmm, Gail, I see from the messages and photos on your phone that our friend Muriel is now in Tenerife, on a month long walking and cycling holiday spanning Christmas and New Year. 

That's correct Bertie. And your point is?

Well Gail, I'm just wondering why she would fly all that way when she could be here in Aberdeenshire enjoying lovely walks in the sunshine on nearly deserted beaches with her favourite wire-haired fox terrier? 

Bertie I cannot begin to imagine. OK, perhaps I can try. Could it be at least in part because the sun barely rises above the horizon here in Northern Scotland in mid-December, and it is dark most of the time. I would note that the photo above was taken just before midday and look at the length of your shadow. 

Oh and the fact that you are all rugged up in your Nordic snowflake sweater is perhaps a clue as to the chilly air temperature right now, even on a bright and (all too rare) wind free day?

I rather like the low sun and long shadows Gail. After all, one can't have enough WFT, don't you think? And surely there is no beachwear more stylish than a cosy and Christmassy red sweater? 

OK, Bertie, you win. I have absolutely no idea why Muriel would want to winter on a subtropical island 2000 miles south of Aberdeen and where Nordic-style knitwear might seem inappropriate. 

It's a complete mystery.
(Last two photos courtesy of Muriel, who seems to be bearing up fine under the rigours of a Tenerife December...)


  1. Hari Om
    BOL... oh Bertie lad... that's pawsitively comical. Whoever knew you could channel your inner comic so?!! And of course, none of us here are the least bit jelly green about Muriel... hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

    (Who IS a wee bit jelly green about your very smart sweater!)

  2. Well Bertie, Muriel will miss the pleasure of seeing you in that gorgeous sweater.
    It must be said that the weather in Tenerife is a tad warmer and sunnier, and the days are considerably longer than you usually get in mid winter in Aberdeenshire. Those are lovely photos of you on that sunny beach. You could, just possibly be in Tenerife - the sky and sea are the same shade of blue!

    Inca xx

  3. That Muriel! Look at all the sunshine close to home. She doesn't know what she's missing (at least for today!).

  4. I'm with you, Bertie. I much prefer the cooler weather with no crowds.

  5. you had me with the words Deserted Beach, Bertie and red is my favorite color. especailly on you... i had to run out to the net and check to see what country Muriel is in. If you want to come over here, right now we are 10 degrees warmer, and our days are light from 7 am to 6 pm.. butt the beaches are crowded.

  6. We don't understand why Gail's friend would rather be on a tropical beach instead of being bundled up in a sweater on your beach. You sure look like you're having fun.

  7. Lady can totally understand why one would want to escape. It was -16C this morning. There is snow. Driving is terrible. Someday maybe! You look very handsome in your sweater Bertie! Lee and Phod

  8. Mom says she wishes she were there with your friend too - it has become quite cold here but you know what, we love it:)

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  9. Hi friend, Ojo here! First, I am very envious of your Beach! They have taken almost all the Beaches away from Dogs here, it is very sad. Can I come run on your Beach with you? Also, I much prefer sweater weather myself, don't you?

  10. Bertie I'm with you anything that makes my legs appear longer and makes me look taller that 5'3" is a good thing. BOL BOL You know I love your red sweater. I agree with YAM Auntie you are quite a Funn-gi
    2000 miles away is a very long way. One thing for certain Muriel will be getting lots of Vit. C stored up
    Hugs and Happy Christmas week to you and Gail
    Cecilia and Bryan

  11. Looks like a wonderful chilly walk! And now that the solstice has come and gone, the shadows will be getting a little less long day by day!

    Rosie and Redford