It was -8 here last night and today it’s only risen to -5. The roads, only just clear of the snow, are covered in ice – but we’re not due any actual snow this week, I don’t think.
Last night and today Emily had a friend round for a sleepover, which, judging from the giggles well into the night, was a great success. Despite staying up until all hours, the girls were up before me this morning! Today we’ve been out to the huge local antiques and craft centre for lunch and to mooch around – roads were very treacherous, though, and we did a long detour to stick to the main roads as the little tiny, twisty B road that is the more direct route goes right across country where the ice is at its worst. Had a lovely look round, but the large second hand books warehouse was somewhat spoilt by being completely unheated and having its doors left wide open – you could see your breath in there and our fingers were too numb to handle the books properly.
On the way back, we stopped for – wait for it – ice cream; there’s a local ice cream maker who’s just opened up a restaurant so we all had huge double cones; mine was rhubarb and cream plus orange with brandy. Yum 🙂 🙂
The Yule lanterns did actually work and look really pretty; we just need to add some wire handles to them now; they’re plenty strong enough to hold candles 🙂 🙂
On the boo side, the memory for Emily’s PC finally turned up today – and doesn’t work. This is a saga which is dragging on a little too quickly for my liking. Other than that, most of the Christmas shopping is done, apart from food and one birthday present which is on its way – so I don’t really care if the Arctic descends over the next few days. Even if we can’t get to the supermarket, we’re only a short walk from the village shop – so bring it on!