As regular visitors to the Pond will know, I moved recently from the chilly Highlands to the balmy West of Scotland...and just in time. Although we have had snow and ice here, and it's the coldest winter people can remember in many years, we have got off lightly compared to many parts of Britain and, in particular, with my old stamping ground.
I've been talking to a good friend and neighbour to see how things are up there and she sent me some photographs of the countryside round her home (and where I used to live). The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and makes me wish I was back up there (sniff).
I think this picture is my favourite. It looks so wild, so pristine and yet it's a short(ish), steepish walk from my old house.
And here is the view across the Beauly Firth to the Black Isle and beyond - your reward for the steep climb!
I hope you all enjoy the pictures as much as I did - stay warm and safe everyone!