Every morning I get a view of Bennachie on the school run, and every morning one line of a song drifts through my head.
Up among the heather, on the hills of Bennachie.
It’s from a Scottish folk song called Mary Mac, but I know it because it was covered by Great Big Sea, one of my favourite Canadian bands. I listened to it so many times in my youth that the words are burned into my brain forever. If you know the song, you’ve probably got brain worms right now.
Hang on a minute. Now that I’ve seen that line written, a great puzzle has been solved. That mysterious purple flower we saw on our hikes up the mountain, it’s heather. Duh.