Last week, on a cool but beautifully sunny day, the delightful assistants headed off to Balmakewan, near Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire, for lunch.
Having made their choices from the menu, they sat at a quiet table looking forward to their food.
Delightful assistant no.1 had been struggling with her appetite for a while, but it had started to show signs of coming back.
It was this state of affairs that prompted the visit to Balmakewan, because their fish and chips had proved especially appetising on a past visit and different sizes of portion were available.
She sensibly opted for a small portion of fish and chips, while her greedy chauffeur went for the full-size job.
Delightful assistant no.2 bypassed the fish temptation and plumped instead for a mushroom and brie burger, which turned out to be a burger bun containing a little lettuce and tomato topped with an enormous mushroom and melting brie. He particularly enjoyed the red cabbage coleslaw that came on the side.
Satisfyingly filled, the merry threesome trooped off into the grounds of Balmakewan House for a pleasant stroll amongst the daffodils.
Although the air was chilly, the sunlight through the trees was beautiful.
There were several varieties of daffodil on display, white as well as yellow, and some splendid bi-coloured doublers.
Some of the all-yellow ones had double blooms as well.
After enjoying the daffodil woods the slightly chilled trio were glad to get back into the car, which had deliciously warm seats, thanks to the sunshine.
It was such a lovely afternoon that they took a circuitous route home via interesting small roads, stopping off for another pleasant walk on the way.