One sunny spring afternoon delightful assistants no.1 and 2 arrived at Abernethy Forest for a health-giving walk in the fresh air. They set off to explore the area around beautiful Loch Garten.
A strange thing started happening as they walked through the forest.
Slowly but surely they began taking on the appearance of their surroundings, camouflaging themselves like flounders on a sandy seabed,
until, eventually, they became entirely invisible.
As they moved out of the trees they spotted a rock on a little beach. Maintaining invisibility had been exhausting work and they needed to rest and get their strength back. They sat on the rock and gazed out across the loch in the sunshine,
and revived themselves for the next leg of their adventure.
Back in the forest, delightful assistant no.2 went to take a closer look at the bark on one of the trees. Despite his advancing years, he often doesn’t know his own strength and he had barely laid his hand on it when there was a terrific crash. Delightful assistant no.1, who hadn’t been paying much attention to his movements, was horrified to see the cause of the disturbance.
Thinking they’d better leg it pretty sharpish, they moved swiftly away from the scene of the crime.
After a while they became tired and needed to stop for a rest. Just at the right moment an attractive looking seat appeared.
After the tree incident they were slightly nervous about sitting on the seat. Would it stand up to their combined strength?
They decided to risk it, and sat down rather gingerly.
Thankfully, all was well. The seat was made of solid stuff and the assistants were able to relax nicely.
Having had a good rest they got up and made their way back to where they’d left the car.
As they walked along a capercaillie popped up out of the woods. Next to the capercaillie was a small perch upon which a visitor might rest awhile. Very gently, being careful not to knock the poor bird over, delightful assistant no.2 sat down.
He spoke softly to the bird, assuring it that he meant it no harm.
The capercaillie seemed to welcome the attention and the two of them became firm friends.
The delightful assistants arrived home that evening having thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Abernethy Forest, but I think I’m going to cut back on the amount of spinach I give them from now on, just to be on the safe side.