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.
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.