The past few days have been cold... the first really wintery weather that we have had so far this year. Late last night, I went out to the wood pile to bring in a nice big "chunky" piece of wood for the fire to keep it coing overnight. The moon had gone down, so the stars were lovely. The clear sky made me a little bit worried about a frost. The rain over the past week has increased the humidity, and by morning there was plenty of fog to protect the ground... no frost, just that sound-deadening fog.
The winter solstice will be at about 2.30 in the afternoon on Friday (21st June) and then the days will begin to get longer.