The sky is clear. The sun rises above the sea and throws a pale, pink, cold light onto the clouds on the horizon. An icy wind comes in from across the sea. The beach is white with frost and snow and the sand is frozen.
Winter has come early this year - early and hard.
The snow drifts over the fields and piles up along the hedges. The traffic has stopped and the landscape is silent. A woodcock nestles in the bushes behind the dune - a rare sight.
In the house a fire glows in the stove - snug and warm. Time to light the Christmas tree.
SUSTINENDI wishes you
a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2011.