Beatrice and her Mummy Liz spend a lot of time outdoors tending to the sheep and other animals here at Dalmally Station and they both love the plants and wild creatures that live and grow in this wild mountain place of the Scottish Highlands .
Liz has retained many of her Irish Celtic traditions even though she has lived in Scotland for more years than she has lived in Ireland.
One of those special traditions is Solstice ...the shortest day and the longest night of the Northern year.
In the darkest hour a simple light can lead you through the darkness and a tiny candle light can piece a huge expanse of black .
One of the traditions is the gathering of winter foliage to bring the outside indoors , each foliage has its own meaning and story.
Beatrice can listen for hours to Liz explaining the Holly , ivy and many other greens and branches growing in and around us .
This was Beatrices first year being responsible for collecting the Holly and Ivy . She knew she would need help with the prickly holly so she asked Angus the Station dog to help with her trusty chariot .
It was all going so well for the happy pair but Bertie Bears influence has rubbed off on Beatrice , luckily Angus realised Miss Beatrice was well and truly stuck and called for Lizs help ...Beatrice is NOT a tree climbing bear
That pine tree is not the best to try and climb Beatrice - well done Angus
When Beatrice got over the shock , she did climb another tree ...Liz lifted her into the stations Christmas tree to hand some food treats for the birds , fat balls and seeds and fruit . Its important to remember our feathered friends in the winter months .