It was a terrible winter for the Highlands of Scotland with most of the land being buried under thick snow.
It had been colder than normal, and there had been three months of unbroken blizzards, resulting in most of Scotland being covered in a thick blanket of snow that was far deeper and lasted for much longer than anyone could remember happening before, at least not in living memory.
McTavish hadn’t been seen in the village for weeks, so a Red Cross rescue team was called to try and check if he was ok.
The Red Cross team struggled through the thick snow to his remote croft which was at the head of the glen.
When they got there, they found that the croft was completely buried in deep snow, only the chimney was showing.
“McTavish,” they shouted down the chimney. “Are you there?”
“Who is that?” came the answer.
“It’s the Red Cross”, they called.
“Go away”, shouted McTavish. “I bought a flag last year!”
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