Jonathan: Eòghann and I walked two ponies – Midnight and Alasdair – about 3 miles over the hills from by the church at Trossaraidh to Cnoc a Deas (the headland right by our house). It was a lovely morning – soft wintry sunshine with scarcely a breath of wind. We lead them just with simple halters, through the gate in the hill fence and up on to the shoulder of Beinn na Coire, with a few streams to ford and wading through knee-high heather. The ponies seemed eager to get on, but waited patiently when we stopped to talk, enjoy the view, and take photos – like the one here of Eòghann, Midnight and behind him Alasdair. As soon as we got to Cnoc a Deas, both set to work on the grass. Midnight was tethered using a special metal stake pushed right down into the ground, fitted with an anti-snarl swivel. According to Eòghann, Alasadair wouldn’t need tethering because he wouldn’t wander far from Midnight. This evening I went out across the road up on to the hill to check they were okay: Denise said – “Once you and Eòghann start, you’ll be talking to Midnight”!