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Mistletoe and December skies

He is nothing if not stoic, brooding on his watch tower  like a mottled tawny and brown drowned rat,  tail feathers scraggly forlorn and drooping down, raindrops dripping off the ends. His head turns and he looks straight down at me before swooping off silently over the fields beyond the road side hedgerow. This is how December has greeted us too; swooping and silent.  And somewhat schizophrenically with dismal mornings of endless rain giving way to glorious afternoons of blue skies and long shadows and back to evenings of gales and streams of rain. I yearn for a properly cold spell.

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In Outside

Snow post

Of course, there has to be a word or two about the snow and the ‘Beast from the East’ – a name I hate because it is so negative. It is no Beast. It is just another type of weather. As John Ruskin wrote, ‘Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.’

But I am aware that I have been lucky enough that I haven’t needed to travel, I’ve had the heating on and a fridge full of food. I ventured out at around 8pm …

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