I took my camera into town this morning
intending to photograph the windows of 'Serendipity' the shop in our market town which has such lovely window decorations at Christmas.
Several readers have asked me to repeat this as they were so admired last year. Dear readers - I forgot. Sorry
However, after visiting a very upmarket Craft Fair in the town we went out into the countryside on a beautifully sunny (but icily cold) day to find somewhere to lunch. We ended up in The Castle Hotel in the pretty village of Snape. There was a lovely fire burning in the grate, a friendly welcoming Border Terrier at the door and superb fish, chips and mushy peas to eat. My only complaint is that now I have grossly overeaten.
On arriving home it was to find that I had left my walking stick there, so friend W went off home and I drove back with Tess to collect it. Tess and the pub dog met for the usual bottom-sniffing session and then we drove home, this time round by the main road as the temperature was on freezing, so another cold night in store.
It has been a lovely day here - very cold but clear and sunny and the bare trees look so beautiful. The only fly in the ointment was that we passed a pheasant shoot in full flow and it seemed so barbaric somehow that the beauty of the countryside should be bespoiled by such slaughter.
Another cold day forecast for tomorrow and then maybe snow on Sunday. But then it is Winter. Keep warm.