A school bus is blocking the Pitcaple to Chapel of Garioch road after it slid down a hill.
Chapel of Garioch
It started out as a mission to delve into a centuries-old chapter of north-east history.
The Aspey family are very well travelled, with wooden bookshelves filled to bursting with well-thumbed guidebooks for tropical locations around the globe.
There are few gardens where you can perch drink in hand, dangling your feet in the stream beneath an arched canopy of trees.
A packed out Garioch kirk yesterday paid tribute to the fallen of one of the north-east's bloodiest conflicts.
History relates that the cries from the battlefield at the foot of Bennachie were so loud they could be heard for miles around, while the furious violence earned it the nickname "Red Harlaw".
A congestion-busting £10million project to improve a most notorious traffic bottleneck is on track to open next spring.
An Israeli hospital, a Palestinian school for the blind and a charity for people with muscle-wasting conditions will benefit from a 25-mile cycle in the shadow of a much-loved north-east mountain.
The trial of a policeman accused of driving dangerously and crashing into a pedestrian has been adjourned until later this year.