I took the decorations down from the tree today and packed them into boxes ready to store in the attic. It takes a little readjusting to the rooms, stripped of dangling hearts and fairy lights they look rather plain. And how quiet it seems now that the family has gone! But the year is starting well, weatherwise. (I'm not talking about the state of the country.) We seem to have left the murky dampness in 2018 and the weather is crisp with a light frost in the morning and occasional patches of sunshine throughout the day. We took a short walk before sunset, just up the road a little to stretch our legs. The days are so short that the sun was disappearing and the temperature dropping sharply by the time we got home. This is the time of year when its good just to hunker down!