Earlier this month, one beautiful sunny day, the delightful assistants downed tools and set off into northern Perthshire for a day out.
Arriving in the small village of Dull (you can read more about Dull here) slightly too early for lunch, they parked up at the Highland Safaris visitor attraction and climbed out into the sunshine.
They enjoyed looking at a fascinating scale model of the countryside around them, pointing out things they recognised, before heading off to stretch their legs in the grounds.
The visitor centre has its own herd of red deer, but before the assistants reached the deer park they encountered a fine fellow standing on a heather-bedecked plinth, giving an indication of what was to come.
Round a bend they came face to face with the real thing.
Undulating paths with interesting features and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside encouraged the assistants to soak up some Vitamin D.
Along the paths various things attracted their attention. Delightful Assistant no.1 enjoys the scent of flowers (an interest not shared by her dear spouse) and was lured in along the tracks by fragrant blooming broom.
Small boxes on posts had been set up at points along the way, and visitors were invited to stick their hands into apertures to find out what was inside. Both assistants bravely stuck their hands into a number of boxes, not knowing what might jump up and bite them.
Having had a good bit of exercise on the paths, they wound their way back to the café for a much-needed spot of luncheon.
There were a number of seating choices and they decided to sit by a window in the sunshine.
The homemade quiche of the day was a cheese and roasted vegetables affair, and both Delightful Assistant no.2 and their chauffeur opted for this. It proved an excellent choice.
Delightful Assistant no.1 plumped for chicken pie, which somewhat surprisingly came as an individual round pie rather than a slice from a bigger plated version.
When they had finished their food they decided they’d have another little walk in the fresh air before stopping somewhere else for hot drinks and cake. They found a quiet, tree-lined path and enjoyed a stroll in the dappled sunlight.
After their walk they drove a short distance to the town of Aberfeldy and sought out The Watermill Café, which they were worried might be heaving with folk. To their delight, it was unusually quiet and they settled themselves down at a large table.
While they were waiting for their treats to arrive, they entertained themselves with some of the children’s books provided for younger customers.
The cappuccinos they ordered came with a concentrated scattering of chocolate on top. Delightful assistant no.2 tried to make his into a smiley face with his spoon.
In the cake department, they each fancied something different. Delightful assistant no.1 went for one of her favourites: lemon drizzle cake (it was deliciously lemony).
Her spouse opted for a mango and coconut cake,
and their chauffeur went for a blueberry, coconut and almond concoction.
Feeling very well filled, the merry trio sped home in the late afternoon sunshine, content with their delightful day out.