Dearborn, Michigan – a light dusting of snow this morning, melting away as a pale sun emerged through overcast skies. SMS from Eve and Shaun, forwarded to us by Kathy: they are on their way by bus from Katmandu, to begin their Annapurna hike. There is no snow there, apparently; the passes are clear and they are in high spirits as they begin their big adventure.

Here we are busy with preparations for Christmas Eve dinner: cookies to be baked, glazed ham and turkey breast ready for the oven. Perhaps there will be a few flurries of snow later, or overnight. It would be lovely to have a White, rather than a Wet, Christmas.