This wintry weather - as always - has caught us all by surprise. In my case the worst thing is how I am missing the warmth of my Aga - a warmth which heats the whole fabric of the house. My central heating (gas) is very efficient but it is not the same.
We have been lucky in that we have missed all the snow here in North Yorkshire. The nights have been bitterly cold and the days have been wall to wall bright sunshine and blue sky. According to the weather forecast at teatime today the snow is disappearing and tomorrow (after a bitterly cold night) will be marginally warmer - even up to four degrees in some places.
Imagine my surprise then when I opened the door at the ring of the bell to find my little friend Liam on the doorstep and to see that he was covered in snow which was falling in large flakes around him. Hopefully the snow looks like wet snow and may be the start of the slight thaw - I do hope so as on Wednesday friend W and I are set to meet our friends at the Creamery in Hawes - high up in Wensleydale - for a Christmas lunch.
Today Tess and I went back to the farm, had a short walk in the paddock (the ground was too hard for a long walk) and then called in at the farmhouse. As we went towards the door, Blackie - the black farm cat - came rushing up to greet us and to rub around Tess in ecstasy. It was lovely to see him again.