Denise: Today the wind has shifted to the north, and that always means clear skies and a stream of air that is razor sharp – cold, but also so clear that the sun can be dazzling bright, even in winter. Yesterday, when the sun was at its highest (admittedly not very high!) we were both out in the garden, me second-digging to find remaining potatoes, J working on new fences. These will run across the garden from the front corners of the house, so as to create two realms: a front ‘public’ garden and a private back garden. The back will also become more sheltered, and we should be able to confine Tilly when we need to! J stayed out until it started to get dusky and cold – although he did spend a good while talking with our neighbour Domhnall Iain! – but by then I was glad to get indoors to the warm and press on with some spinning and knitting.