Yesterday I should have been on my local hill Corbett Ben Rinnes for the Moray Mountaineering Club Christmas party. Instead I drove South via a few friends who are recovering from operations or unwell. It was heavy rain all the way to the West the cloud covered hills were streaked bare of snow after the heavy rain, that came down incessantly all the way to Fort William. All the car parks for the hills were empty and there was heavy flooding as most of the rivers were in full spate. Yet there was great beauty in the wildness and greyness as day light broke we are in mid winter now. Tomorrow is the shortest day! I was so glad that I did not have to go out in the heavy rain onto these wild hills.
I had breakfast at Onich then through Glencoe again few car parks with cars and a bit of fresh snow high on Bidian and the full rivers and burns white streaks on the big massive wet buttresses. The Coe was quite with 3 soaked walkers on the road as the rain poured down, I for once did not envy them and then the Rannoch Moor was a s wild as ever with the odd view of the hills, it was still dark skies yet nearly 1200! I then pulled in to Crianlarich to see Aunty Elma a legend in RAF Mountain Rescue. I was spoiled with cakes and pancakes all home-made and she showed me her cards already over 100 from ex team members and their families from all over the world. Elma has looked after us all so well over the years and I caught up with all the gossip as she has all the news and all the kids of the troops are on the wall it is a lovely place to be. It was still raining as I left and got a few views of Ben More and then down onto the Loch Lomond road again lots of flooding and then into Ayr.
I drove to one of my sisters and dropped some gear and then headed to see another sister whose husband is in hospital and we had a few hours together visiting. As always the nurses were great and I then took her home, it was by now very dark and still raining. Getting old is not easy and it makes you think but family is so important and to be surrounded by family and friends is very important at these times. I got back and managed to watch a bit of tv and actually enjoyed the BBC Sports Personality of the year. ( I never watch it Well done Andy Murray!) Today I will be visiting the family and then travel South early morning hope the weather improves for the long drive.