The farmer came in at lunch time - "Guess what I have just seen in the fields this morning"? No point in trying to guess - so What? The answer was that he had seen a pure white stoat running across the field. I have only ever seen one and that was some years ago. The farmer has only seen one before. Its colour suggests that bad weather (i.e. snow) is on the way, as the stoat is usually a gold/brown colour and only turns white in snow.
And sure enough it has snowed on and off all afternoon, alternating with sunshine and a sharp bitterly cold wind. Of course it is not cold enough for the snow to settle, but I just hope it is not a sign of more bad weather to come.
We have stoked up the wood burner, taken all the Saturday papers into the sitting room and intend to sit in the glow of the stove for the rest of the day. Whatever you are doing, please endeavour to keep warm.