The storm had passed over, and in its wake the wind had swung round to the north-east, bringing a sky full of colour for a change. It had been a long, long time since Algy last saw a sunset, so he perched on the low wall of the wee jetty on the Sound, and watched the coloured light playing across the water. He was thinking of all his friends who were facing the challenges of old age: those friends who were themselves elderly, and those who were caring for their elderly parents or other relatives or friends. Algy sends you all a very special fluffy hug, and offers you this famous piece of verse by Lewis Carrol to make you smile:

          “You are old, father William,” the young man said,
           “And your hair has become very white;
            And yet you incessantly stand on your head —
            Do you think, at your age, it is right?”

          “In my youth,” father William replied to his son,
          “I feared it would injure the brain;
           But now that I’m perfectly sure I have none,
           Why, I do it again and again.”

[Algy is quoting – from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – the opening verses of Lewis Carroll’s Father William, which parodies an earlier poem by Robert Southey.]

Algy’s old friend was making a good recovery from his operation, but he and his elderly wife still faced many difficulties ahead. Algy knew that many of his Tumblr friends also had friends and relations of their own who were facing ill health or the challenges of old age. So he sat quietly among the late summer flowers of the West Highlands and said a special fluffy bird prayer for all those elderly people, and for their families and friends.

Far away among the Scottish heather, Algy is thinking of you all. He hopes that his heather will bring you all the very best of luck xx