The local landscape was on fire again, so Algy spent the day anxiously firewatching. Despite the high rainfall at most times of year, the West Highland moorland is often tinder dry in early spring, and the traditional crofting practice of “muir burn” quickly gets out of hand.

Some of his friends may remember the serious hill fire around Algy’s home last year, which caused Algy to keep watch all night while the sky burned and then thank the firefighters in April 2012.

Algy was in pensive mood. Smoke drifted slowly across the ridge from the hill fire behind him, but he paid no attention to it.

His old friends were having a difficult time and had to visit the hospital today. Algy sat quietly among the daffodils, listening to the birds, and thinking of his friends.

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