One sunny day in February the delightful assistants had their chauffeur convey them northwards for a little luncheon at the Balmakewan tearoom near Laurencekirk.
Happily settled with their preferred beverages (Thistly Cross cider for delightful assistant no.1 and Bundaberg ginger beer for her spouse), they awaited their meals with joyous anticipation.
Balmakewan being one of those considerate establishments that offers small versions of meals in addition to the standard size, both assistants and their chauffeur opted for reduced portions in order to leave room for pudding.
Delightful assistant no.1 and the chauffeur both chose battered Peterhead haddock with potato wedges and a pea puree,
while delightful assistant no.2 went for venison sausage and mash.
The fish was amongst the freshest they had tasted, absolutely tip-top, and perhaps rather too small for the chauffeur. However, it did mean she had room for a fruit scone and some tea afterwards. Despite its promising looks the scone was not the best of its kind, but it certainly filled a hole.
Delightful assistant no.1 shunned a sweet but delightful assistant no.2 opted for a slice of apricot tart, which was, rather surprisingly, delivered warm to the table.
The sun was still shining when they had finished their lunches, and a small trot was proposed.
They drove south towards the village of Glamis, where they parked and got out for a little leg stretch.
They stopped to admire snowdrops and aconites, but the air was too cold for much lounging around.
They passed Glamis Parish Church, founded a considerable time ago by St Fergus, but unfortunately the building wasn’t open to visitors.
Invigorated by the fresh air and exercise, they reached the car with gladness, having enjoyed their little outing and looking forward to getting warmed up again.