He strides, dour faced, across rugged Scottish highland hills and crags, on wind-swept moors,
up formidable glens, and by the shores of mighty lochs and oceans ..
Neil Oliver, enigmatic and charismatic TV presenter of Coast, A History of Scotland, and Vikings ..
Oh, and historian, archaeologist and writer too.
His sly and dry humour has me reading up a frenzy on those medieval wild ones, William Wallace, Robert the Bruce et al.
Seems he does smile occasionally, and show a neat pair of knees.
Here he is with wife Trudy.
Who knew Scotland could be so much fun?
We took my father on one of his beloved Country Drives last weekend ..
Everything was emerald green after last week's deluge...
and we saw evidence of recent floods:
Who loves a pink and grey bird?
We found a big flock of good old Australian galahs, oblivious to us and the camera, pecking away.
Here's a closer look, for those unfamiliar:
Who's a Pretty Boy then?
Mr C had one as a pet all through his youth.
Easily trained, it sang, danced and had quite the vocabulary!
Cooler weather here this week,
puts a spring in my step ..
Have an excellent week