Happy birthday Derrick !

Yesterday we had a grand day on the Dava Moor with an old pal Derrick Harman. It will be his 80 th birthday this week. The event was organised by the Bard of Dunfail Babs. Old pals from the Last of the Simmer wine, Moray Mountaineering Club and RAF Mountain Rescue met at Dunphail at the Clubs Poet Laureate Babs had tea, coffee and cakes ready for us. Mike her husband met us showed us round the estate and it was hard to leave the estate grounds.

Meeting at Babs and Mikes estate before we went on our wander. Derrick wearing his crocodile hunting hat.

From here it was a short drive into Dericks favourite area the Dava Moor and we had a great wander and chat. It’s grand to be with good friends again after COVID. There was lots of blethering whilst walking.

River crossing experts ?

We followed the old estate roads past the Dava way an excellent mountain biking area . Derrick was not showing his age and charging on in front whilst we plodded behind.

Some of the gang.

It was then up to the estate hit for lunch and several things were produced wine, whisky. Chocolate and a poem by Babs telling a few tales of Derrick adventures.

From Skye to the great Glens the poem was full of some great tales.

After lunch stop.

It was then back to the transport and Bab’s estate where Mike had a fire pit going. More tea and. Coffee beer cakes and so much fun. Of course more tales. I got blamed for pinching some wood given to the Oiligarch of Black bridge.

Fire pit in action.

It was a great day out so kind of Bab’s to organise the day and the lovely hospitality of her house with Mike was so good. A Guinea wander in our local area with good friends made it a special 80 th birthday for Derrick.

Derrick taking a break !

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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