On Christmas morning thunder, hail, rain and a rainbow all appeared in very quick succession. There was some debate as to whether hail constituted a white Christmas. We set off east aiming for the sun rather than following a star and soon left the bad weather behind. Back home, after the family Christmas celebrations snow was forecast and all around seemed to be having some. Our local microclimate seemed to be the only place with rain. This morning we scraped the frost from the windscreen and set off for Liverpool. As most of my journeys there are work-related, it was a great to be heading there for pleasure. There was some shopping to be done, including a few books from Kernaghan’s in the Bluecoat, maps for the Caithness, Sutherland and Orkney trip in June and a guidebook for Sicily where we are heading in September. Tonight, a local Catalan restaurant comes highly recommended by a colleague and the Good Food Guide.