I grew up in a rural community in the north east of Scotland, in fact I grew up on the farm where the famous Mackies ice-cream was made, and I was lucky enough to be a child at a time when I could head out the door, explore the surrounding countryside, and return only when it was tea time. I enjoyed being in the great outdoors, and experienced first hand Scotland’s variety, colour, beasts and beasties. Weather was no barrier to an eager child if you wore the right clothes and had the right attitude!