Yesterday I had an early appointment at the hospital in Elgin, this happens with age and I had planned afterwards to use my first free day to get out on the hills. The hospital visit went fine getting used to giving blood samples now and then it was back to get sorted for a wander into the hills at last. There is a bit more daylight now so I am so lucky where I live and spoiled for choice. Just as I was leaving I got a call saying that the Seniors at Hopeman Golf Club were playing a match against “The Nairn” Seniors and were a player down.
Would I fill the gap, lots of begging.
It was off with the hill gear and into the golf kit and over to Hopeman. Nairn is where my sisters nephew Neil played and he played for the Seniors. Neil and his brother Alan went missing on the hill in February. It was only last week I was at his funeral with my nephew Richard ( Neil was his Uncle).
Yesterday was a lovely day and what better way to remember Neil than to play a game he loved against many of his old pals. It was a grand afternoon in the sun at Hopeman and despite my limited golf we won our match and the game. The course was splendid and the views and the sun made it a day to remember with great company. The meal was great afterwards as was the craic and as I drove home I am glad I played despite the short notice.
The course was great the birds were out the famous broom was catching balls and what a smell and colour of bright yellow, is this the smell and signs of Spring at last. Yet that wind can still be biting. The views of the snow-capped Moray Firth Peaks with the sea made a great setting and an afternoon to remember.