The weathermen - and the TV weather girls, - rumoured the imminent arrival of wintry weather well before it finally arrived.
The first morning we woke to snow the Johnny-jump-ups were sheltered under the remnants of the fall mums.
All around the hills were blanketed, but the clouds were still light and bouyant.
The garden looked gentler than it has during the past weeks, when the dry stalks of faded summer flowers and plants gave a sad atmosphere of neglect.
Meanwhile, back in the house where it's warm and cosy, Caspar the dog, inspects with interest the process of cutting vitamin D pills in half, and discovers that the noise that snaps and sends him woofing down the hall is really not so bad when he understands the operation!!!
Tomorrow we brave the wintry weather to go and pay our respects to the doctor and enter the fray as we start Christmas shopping venture.