I don't think I ever remember a week with such varied weather - one day pouring with rain and the next brilliantly sunny - today is a sunny one with lovely blue sky. I hope it is the same for John's (Going Gently) planned walk on the beach with friends. They seem to be getting worse weather over there in Wales this week.
Christmas Day draws ever nearer. I don't find the prospect of spending it alone at all daunting. I have the lunch planned, I have unread books, my carers are coming as usual - what's not to like? And all my usual preparations are going ahead a bit at a time. I have gone through and filed a lot of papers. All my cards and presents are posted (thanks to various friends and neighbours,) my next job is to polish the Welsh Dresser in the hall with 'real' polish. I always do this at Christmas before putting some of my cards there. It means that when you open the front door there is a lovely smell of polish. Alright - not many folk will be opening the front door this year because of Covid rules - but Santa will because I don't have a chimney.
Finally, if you don't already know - don't forget to look in the night sky on Monday (weather permitting) as soon as the sun sets. In the South West you will see Jupiter and Saturn coming together as 'the great conjunction' for the first time since 1623 (and thought probably to be the 'Star of Bethlehem' in earlier times). Surely a good sign for a better year in 2021. Best viewing time in Britain will be between 4.30pm and 6.00.