It has become the custom for Lord Elpus and I to hold a couple of evening cheese and wine parties on our stravaig across Scotland.
Last year, the first had to be relocated as I had followed our foul weather route, so a jolly time was had at Gerry's hostel instead of at Loch Coire Lair. We listened to classical music on Gerry's record player sitting in front of a roaring fire on comfy settees with many more attendees than had been expected. We drank toasts to absent friends; those who had passed on and those who could not be there for other reasons.
Due to dreadful weather, I was 'Billy-No-Mates' at the second cheese and wine, in a storm lashed valley in the middle of sod-all. Still, the occasion was marked with me having to drink the bottle on my own and scoffing all the cheese, falling asleep to the music of the rain thrashing against Wanda's flanks.
So, this year we are hoping for a little more success on the attendee front. Lord Elpus and I have chosen two delightful spots where we are pretty certain to meet a few bon-viveurs. All are invited. They need only bring a nice bottle and some of their favourite cheese, with perhaps some nice biscuits or fresh rolls. The first is at Loch nan Stuirteag; 2840 feet up in the Cairngorms. The second is timed to be after the parties at Braemar and Stan & Bill's and before the party at Tarfside. It will be at an elevation of some 2200 feet on the banks of the Water of Unich.
Dress code: Smart casual.
Thanks go to Phil for creating the invitation with his usual style and flair.