Here in Wensleydale, at 600+ feet, we have been very lucky this time and not had more than a faint covering of snow. It has indeed been bitterly cold, but the sky has been blue and the sun has shone all day for the last few days.
There was a time, not recently of course, when I would have been overjoyed to see the snow and the thought of snowballing, building snowmen, sledging and the like. Now I hardly dare venture out of doors for fear of falling over and breaking something.
But today I had to go out as I had quite a lot of business to attend to as well as meeting friends for the usual Tuesday morning coffee (and tea cake for me - self indulgent as I am today) and doing some shopping. But by the time I reached the centre of town the paths had been cleared of our tiny amount of snow (barely a covering).
It is promised to get slightly warmer over the next few days before turning colder again at the weekend, although not as cold as it has been in some places further South.
I haven't forgotten about photographing the shop window in town. Their decorations are superb, as usual. You can imagine, I have absolutely no wish to decorate this year - this has not been my favourite year. But for the sake of my great grandchildren, who are coming one day to lunch, I am making a bit of an effort and have made sure to have some little thing in each room. I always get a lot of cards and they will also make the place look Christmassy, so all is not lost.