We woke up to a lovely sunny day — unlike yesterday when it poured — so took a quick trip out to Portsoy which was putting on a very good act of turquoise sea and blue sky. The general curiosities shop down at the harbour has very good value, French, oldfashioned liquid soap made with olive oil and lavender, which we like to use, and we have a friend hovering on the brink of moving house who might be in the market for chandeliers, and there is a shop on the other side of the High Street which makes nice plain Italian milk ice cream. Three reasons to visit Portsoy, when the sun is shining. We ate our ice cream sitting on one of the harbour walls looking at the water, and enjoyed both. We might get a nice day tomorrow as well, but really, this particular summer, you are grateful for small mercies.