Cold , grey weather has arrived.
So too have the Christmas decorations. Three wooden reindeer appear on the grass in front of the town hall. The mayors secretary has festooned the antlers with baubles. There are exactly five baubles per reindeer. Sophie eyes them up with studied caution.
The old weigh station by the church has been cordoned off with red and white tape. At first I think it may be part of the Christmas decor but closer examination shows that two of the wooden beams have rotted through. The new mayor informs me that there was nearly an 'incident' when the post van parked there. The right rear wheel of the post van 'sank' into the decaying timbers. How exciting is that !
On the other side of the lane a solitary Christmas tree has appeared. It is covered in what must be the shortest string of lights ever made.
So it is that our little corner of paradise segues into the Christmas spirit ( the man with anger management issues and the German billionaires builder - excepted ).