I was briefly in Inverness yesterday with an Australian Joinee, Bridget Ashton.

Bridget is visiting Scotland for a week, having been in Norway last week and will be visiting Ireland and Wales next. She wanted to see Loch Ness, so with Thursday as my day off I drove her up to Inverness and out to Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness on the nicest day I’ve ever visited there (it was only drizzling with about a force 3 gale!). This was only my second visit to Inverness after leaving there almost exactly two years ago.

Following a visit to the new Borders bookshop at the retail park, and lunch at The Snow Goose we visited the Cathedral and from there walked into town. I bought a book on ethical living at Waterstones and then visited Costa for a hot chocolate — can’t help think that there’s something wrong with those two actions sitting side by side.

What was impressive was the snowy journey (in both directions) through the Highlands, particularly through Badenoch and Strathspey. Not least for Bridget for whom very cold at home means 2° C.; for most of the journey home the dashboard thermometer sat at a constant -1° C.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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