We have had some quite nice weather in Aberdeen this week (that's quite nice, mind you, these things are all relative and it is January, and Scotland). I had been hoping Gail would take me for one of our favourite walks, up Millstone Hill, but it seems that this particular trail is still out of bounds, as are many others in the region, due to fallen trees, the aftermath of December's Storm Arwen.
So instead we went to Dunecht Estate and were relieved to see that most of the estate's rather splendid beech trees are still standing.
Although many other trees are not.
Once clear of the post-storm debris we were delighted to find that the route through to Loch Skene, which is normally (and we think in contravention of Scotland's Outdoor Access Code) blocked behind a high locked gate, was for once freely accessible to dog and human. Hooray!
Happy Nature Friday!