Blue sky and a near tropical 9 degrees this morning. All traces of the snow and ice have gone. Wet, gloopy mud has taken their place. Sophie is a firm believer in the health benefits of walking through wet, gloopy, mud. She is, of course, also a believer in the health benefits of walking through snow and belly surfing on ice.
Today the carpet fitter and the electricians are expected. With the better weather there's a chance they'll show up. By Christmas we may have super jazzy stair coverings and downlighters in the garden. The downlighters come from Germany. The manufacturers manage to make and deliver them on time despite snow and the pre-Christmas chaos. This German efficiency is an annoyingly trite, but true, insight into national stereotypes.
From France the man with anger management issues calls. He wonders if there might be some way his son could come to Scotland to learn English next summer. 'Perhaps he could work in a hotel ?' he suggests brightly. Anger Management Man then diverts into a lengthy diatribe against the French President. It seems Monsieur Macron had the audacity to go into the dressing room and give the French world cup team a pre-match pep-talk. 'No wonder they lost' he says - although he doesn't say it quite like that.