A crisp clear day and our spinney here has a frosty covering. My neighbour has been scraping his windscreen and I am relieved I don’t have to go out until later. I am dog sitting the beautiful golden Labrador Saffi for my son and she is getting on well with the cat.  Saffi just ignores her and although the cat is wary she has finally realised that she is not going to be chased through the house. My son and his wife are jetting off this morning to South Africa via Dubai and I think some winter sun is what I need as I am struggling with a heavy cold.  It doesn’t affect the creative juices and I am looking through short stories again and coming up with a few new ones – I had no success last year with the short stories I sent off and I am determined that this year will see at least one of them in print.