Sometimes even a cement mixer can have a certain poetic charm, when it is blanketed under several inches of snow. And so it was this afternoon in our Derbyshire back garden.
As for Christina Rossetti’s carol, it’s true that
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
… but this ‘bleak mid-winter’ isn’t ‘long ago’ but with us for the rest of the week. It’s a good job the email can get through, as the Royal Mail didn’t!