At the moment The Beast from the East is just further South than us: all we are getting is snow flurries and then lovely blue skies and sunshine (the latter at the moment). Long may it continue that way - it looks as though it will be another week when I can't walk outside. So wear the carpet out again.
I am glad to see that many of you are watching The Great Pottery Throwdown. If you are not then it was twelve good potters competing and one each week is eliminated. The potters are obviously the very best because the weekly tasks are so very difficult. Last evening they each had to choose a 'favourite' singer and from a portrait photograph they then had to fashion a bust. Choices included Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Ozzy Ozbourne, and they all had a good shot at the project, some failed miserably during firing. Their other task - and for this they had less than an hour was to choose and make a pottery copy of a musical instrument- instruments included a harp, a violin, a trombone - every one for me would have been an impossible task but they all had a good stab at it and the violin was superb. I have never tried working with clay - I know I would be useless but even the least good was 'not bad'.
I do so envy people with a real skill. My first husband painted - oils, water colours, pastels - anything. After his retirement from teaching he painted for sheer pleasure and people queued up to buy his work. It always pleased me that he was so appreciated.
As I have been writing this the wind has risen and what snow there is lying is blowing into drifts. Negligible at the moment but should more snow fall it will be a different story. Listening to the radio earlier this morning I hear that the A66 - the Bete Noir round here although much higher than we are - is blocked at Bowes.