This morning I opened the curtains to find this slight dusting. Snow was still falling but it soon turned to rain and the day was cold and wet and rather miserable. Our wood store is full to the brim in readiness for the winter ahead and we had the log burner loaded and throwing out heat long before we sat down to lunch. I've still got bulbs to plant, I just need one decent day to get them in the ground, but I'm starting to think that I might have missed my chance! I'm not complaining, however, because my home is warm and dry while elsewhere people are having to deal with such extremes of weather, not least my favourite city, beautiful Venice. What a tragedy that corruption and inertia has resulted in no proper sea defences for such an exceptional place.
It is a city that I've visited many times over the years, on several trips having to dry out my footwear overnight. I do hope that the Italian government will get their act together before it is too late.