A trip to Macduff on Thursday, a meeting of the Best of Banffshire and Buchan Bed and Breakfasts, and the side effects of old age.
The port of Macduff lies opposite Banff at the mouth of the River Deveron. Originally known as the sea 'toune' of Doune, the settlement's name was changed to Macduff in 1783 by James Duff, Earl of Fife who built a harbour there. Macduff took over the fishing trade of the older settlement of Banff and became a significant herring port in the 19th century.
Macduff Shipyards is one of the few remaining shipbuilding
and repair centres in North East Scotland and is a significant local employer.
Wooden as well as steel-hulled vessels are still constructed at the shipyard.
Also well worth a visit is the Macduff Marine Aquarium. Open all year round.
Our meeting didnt take long, on the agenda was where to go on our first jaunt of the year. Then we moved on for our 'catch up' session. Which soon began to be Grumpy Old People.
We decided unanimously that we do not like call centres.
Or Doctors' receptionists.
Or the fact we lose things, forget things, "Do I come here often?"
At this point I stopped taking minutes and joined in.
We just managed to get back home before the sun set.
Well, I think we did.