I know, I know, the weather's been appalling for most of the summer, and now we're facing a winter of discontent fuelled by inadequate flood defences and reduced potato supplies, all thanks to the interminable rain.
But come what may, I will remember my trip to rural Perthshire earlier this week, when it seemed that Scotland was truly in its element – a fairy-tale impression first conveyed by a couple of roe deer bounding daintily through the rain-misted pine forest at Meikleour.
Walking up the magical Corrie Fee at Glen Doll – near the poetically named glens Clova and Prosen – we saw all manner of flora and fauna in seasonal abundance, and it didn't seem to matter if they were under sheets of rain or the beams of hot sunshine that quickly followed. A red squirrel scampered before us. Big, fat black beetles, toads, dragonflies, butterflies and bees were all doing their thing in and around the brilliant purple and yellow saxifrage. And I don't remember ever seeing such perfect examples of intensely blue Scottish harebells in my life. They are growing in natural clumps by the side of the magnificent waterfall, cups fully open and not moving a muscle, as if daring us to blink first.
Then there was the lone mountain hare at the summit of Mayar. When we first saw him he was standing stock still and staring into the distance. Next time he appeared as a flash before our eyes and the young pointer dog chasing him seemed to be having a grand old time.
And at the end of it all, sweet local strawberries that tasted better than chocolate.
It could have been the script for an animated movie. But who needs Brave when you've got the real thing?
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