For most of my working life I worked most Christmas for many years with the Mountain Rescue. We would be away for several days in a village hall in Newtonmore or Fort William. That made us central for call – outs. Now and again we would great the odd great day on the hills or an early ice climb.
We did get a few call – outs over the years some really hard ones on the hills. These were hard going especially as some were pretty nasty.
Yet more recently it was a time when vulnerable folk went missing. Many struggle at this time with mental problems their demons and loneliness. We had a few sad incidents like that. So though this is a family time it’s worth spending time with those less fortunate or ill. We all know someone?
I am down in Ayr my family home it is a place of good memories. I left early and after the foggy start it was a good drive down.
I got a wander along the Ayr beach. Arran was just clearing through in the mist. Goatfell still had some snow and the sea was calm. There were lots of folk about enjoying a walk.
I am with my sister and family it will be a bit different as we lost our eldest sister Eleanor this year. We all miss her, she is a great loss.
Yet it will be a good day and I hope you all have the same. Thanks to all who read the blog and for the comments.
Have a thought for those less fortunate than most of us and make that call or visit that friend. The card below is one my Mum sent my sister in 1967 it’s still magical.