Well it was worth the wait.
We've been down in England for SO long, but Santa Claus was stupidly instructed to deliver my Christmas present to Aberdeen.
I'd totally given up hope of getting a new coat, and had resigned myself to wearing my old, ragged and slightly too small (and no longer very warm) one for yet another year.
Anyway, we arrived home last night, after such a long drive, and on the kitchen table there was this parcel from Lands' End (which I thought was a place in Cornwall but Gail says is another name for Father Christmas). And lo and behold, inside was a brand new winter jacket.
Isn't it just splendid? I couldn't wait to go out!
Let me point out some of the features.
You will notice the very smart collar, revealing the warm fleecy lining. The collar can be turned up or down, as required. Today, I decided against the Eric Cantona look.
A grey reflective strip makes it easier to see me in the dark, especially useful here in Aberdeen in winter when we have so very little daylight.
Velcro fastenings allow for a certain amount of post-Christmas waist expansion....
Gail thinks it also important to point out that the strap round the middle is (sensibly, she says) a little bit further forward than on the old coat, so that when I lift my leg, there is no danger of 'leakage' dripping onto the material....
It is of course waterproof too. I live in Scotland. Enough said.
And best of all, you will have noticed the personalized insignia, distinguished but discreet, n'est pas?
I want to give a huge thank you to Petey in New York, whose Mom tipped us off about this magnificent garment.
Now we can drive off to Balmoral and meet up with the Queen's corgis, head held high, surely?
What, is it a problem, that it's minus 18 degrees Centigrade around Braemar, with a foot and a half of snow... ?
Oh well, I shall have to stay indoors then, and await my lucrative modelling contract with Lands' End!