Staying put!

I went into Elgin early yesterday it was mad, even at 0830 it was like there was going to be a famine?  I grabbed what I needed and left the madness behind. Is this is what Christmas is about? Why are we all so mad at this time of year and how much goes in the bin and is never eaten? I could not wait to get out of town, the back roads were very icy and you have to be aware of them.

I have had a really busy time and I am pretty worn out, I should have gone South early yesterday to miss the weather and the busy roads but I had lost a filling in my tooth. I was lucky  and managed to get an appointment in the afternoon with the dentist. After 40 odd years of driving, working and rushing about at Christmas the weather had made a decision for me. I am not going home to Ayr. The forecast the worst for years has made it an easy one. For most of my working life I was out with the Mountain Rescue Team, usually in a village hall or hut in Newtonmore in the Cairngorms or Fort William. The weather could be very mixed as it is now. The RAF Teams were usually in place to assist the local teams with the annual Christmas and New Year rush to the hills. Over the years we dealt with some pretty hard call- outs. At times we had big drives to assist with call – outs and more recently the more urban call – outs. Life was pretty basic but when the weather was good we had some incredible days in the mountains.  I had to make a few calls and apologize but it was the right decision for me. Instead I will have a quite time in the Moray Coast and maybe get a day out if the weather breaks? We will have to wait patiently and see.

Plenty of deep drifted snow will be about when the weather clears.

Plenty of deep drifted snow will be about when the weather clears.

Oh, come by the hills to the land where fancy is free.

Stand where the peaks meet the sky and the loughs meet the sea,

Where rivers run clear, bracken is gold in the sun;
Ah, the cares of tomorrow can wait till this day is done.

Take care in the weather.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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4 Responses to Staying put!

  1. Al says:

    Happy Christmas Heavy – you deserve a quiet one! Al


  2. Ian Barnett says:

    Heavy, I bumped into your site whilst surfing Kinloss stuff and love it. I spent 20 years there leaving in 2009 for Bristol (Abbey Wood), but your blog brings many memories to life. I knew you well enough (you were and are a legend) but you won’t be familiar with me; I was on the AEDIT but did lots of hills. I got the Munro bug from Steve Hughes (used to run the Mountaineering Club and is now on BBMF at Coningsby) and clocked up over a thousand ascents before heading back south; I knew Daz Steatham and Richie Bale well. In fact years ago I made the MRT some enormous extension leads so you could run your radios between your wagons and wherever you were billeted. But it’s really your talk of the Findhorn Bay area that sparks my imagination, I lived at Kintessack and spent countless days in the Culbin and along the empty beach with my dogs watching the seals and occasionally dolphins. I cycled to work too so did the head of the bay every day – I miss that more than anything since I left. I miss the Brookie, Beastie and Kimberley too!
    I’ll be a regular visitor from here on, so keep up the good work and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.


    • heavywhalley says:

      Thanks Ian – great to hear that you enjoy the Blog – I live in a special place so many great local places around and always peaceful. We had a great life and still can so many great characters.

      Take care Heavy


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