Christmas has always been a great time of year for me. My wife and younger daughter have Christmas birthdays, so we have always made a great deal of this holiday season. Hogmanay too. So I am delighted to run an organisation that is dedicated to helping everyone give something special to someone they love – particularly at Christmas.
The giftware trades always pull out all the stops at Christmas and some businesses are only profitable because of the holiday boost. We take on extra staff and everyone works overtime to make sure that all those gifts are packed and posted in time for Santa to deliver them.
This year Highland Titles have taken the decision to “Christmassify” our web site with some holly and snow and Christmas trees. We had fun doing it and we hope you all have fun ordering your Christmas gifts. Remember – order early to avoid disappointment. Last posting dates are for guidance only. Once we give your order to the Post Office it is really “out of our hands”.
And for everyone who thought you would order your Gathering tickets later, once you found the time – you sadly missed the boat. As I write, we have two double tickets left to sell and then its all over until 2019. For everyone who ordered early – I look forward to meeting you next May in Glencoe.
Well 2016 is almost over and what a wonderful year it has been. The nature reserves have never been busier. Sustrans appear to have finally decided that, yes, they do want to bring their path over Keil Hill (that took them ten wasted years), the wild brown trout in the lochan have attracted an osprey as well as otters and heron. We have seen many more red squirrels and other mammals. David has now received his training (thanks to Trees for Life) on how to set up and develop our new tree nursery.
Our support of Wildcat Haven has been very valuable to the future of the Scottish wildcat. I must not steal their thunder and will leave them to announce their great news, but suffice it to say that they have fantastic plans which they will announce in the next couple of weeks. I have supported Wildcat Haven for several years and before that the passionate Mr Steve Piper who ran the Scottish Wildcat Association. Every penny that we have given has been well spent. Hopefully the other “trap ’em and display ’em” wildcat group will fade away.
Our supporters only ever meet our front-line staff, our wardens or our customer support team. However there is a secret army of elves, who actually pack the orders we ship – and behind them is the finance department and sales and marketing. They are unsung heroes, but this is their busiest time of the year. As I type this, on Friday afternoon, only customer support remains at work and the phones have now gone quiet.
So, to everyone who has supported us, at any time in our ten years of operation, I say THANK YOU. I am proud to have been able to help to “conserve the Scottish Highlands, one square foot at a time”