Not sure how I shall manage without my daily input of John's wisdom and wit (Going Gently) but I do understand how he needs a break, especially as he is under the weather at the moment. But come back soon John - and get well soon.
Here in North Yorkshire we are back in the throes of the Mini Beast from the East. As I look out of the window it is snowing heavily outside - blizzard conditions. At present it is slightly above freezing so it is quickly going, but I suspect that given another hour things will be very different. The only consolation is that this spell is only short and once the week end is over things should begin to warm up again. In addition a sharp Easterly wind is blowing and clouds of snow are drifting past the window too - very bad sign of drifting. Will this winter never end?