Most of the east coast is laden with thick snow but here on Skye we have escaped the worst. Time to wrap up though; thick socks, cosy boots, warm gloves, and scarf at the ready to see off the bitter cold that pinches my face in the wind.
How to avoid the winter blues? Well, this weekend I'm off to a Burns Supper at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Skye's Gaelic College, an inspirational place of learning within the University of the Highlands & Islands. Three trays of handmade Scottish tablet for the coffee, and some Talisker and Drambuie tablet for the tables will help ward off the winter chill.
Key speakers are Lesley Riddoch and Maxwell MacLeod, both highly respected journalists, offering an honest challenging and often humorous account of Scottish politics. With the 'Immortal Memory' from Lesley, a tongue in cheek 'Toast to the Union' from Maxwell followed by a 'Toast to Independence' by college lecturer Mark Wringe, it should prove an interesting and entertaining exchange!