Three degrees at 10am with mist and rain drawing a veil between Carmine and the outside world.
"O Winter! ruler of the inverted year, ...
I crown thee king of intimate delights,
Fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness,
And all the comforts that the lowly roof
Of undisturb'd Retirement, and the hours
Of long uninterrupted evening, know."
William Cowper (1731 - 1800), English poet and hymn-writer.
These words about sum up the way it is here in the House on the Hill after the children are abed and safely snoozing, the woodburner is blazing, the lights are low and I have by my side a dozing kitten, a glass of Burgundy and a good book.