There comes a time in the winter here that reminds me I’m not so far from England. It’s cold. Not Sweden cold, but cold. We’re due -4 next week. Handily though our place seems to be in a micro climate of its own. Villa-Franca, just down the road, seems to always be 5 degrees colder. Apparently it’s something to do with the river. On my drive down there yesterday my car thermometer neatly told me that it was 0 degrees as I left home and a parky -5 as I arrived in V-F. Nonetheless, it’s cold enough up here and we are munching through the painstakingly bespoke firewood at an alarming rate.

Tomorrow night Carnivale kicks off, let’s hope that can warm us all up a bit!