The first report of curling outside this season comes from Haddo House Curling Club.
Mark Buchan reports, "Several days of heavy frost in Aberdeenshire had left the rink near Methlick in excellent condition for a game. The ice was flat and true, although a dusting of snow had to be swept off, and mid game the snow began to fall again and led to the shortening of the rink and ultimately the game.
Two teams skipped by Roy Henderson and Mark Buchan played eight ends under the lights and, for the record, Roy was the winner.
Hopefully today was the first game of many over the coming months."
Let's hope so Mark.
Top: A well studied head. Above: Haddo House CC curlers! Photos courtesy of Mark Buchan.