We know what bad weather is like. We know what winter is like. We’re from Manchester. But, winter just gone has been something else. We’re used to dismal grey clouds, that hang over you for days/weeks on end. Rain that seems as if it will never stop. Fleeting snow – then the return of the rain. But, we’re not in Manchester now. We’re in Istria in northern Croatia and surely winter isn’t really winter.

WRONG!

Winter is *so* winter. So much so, that my huge collection of throws and blankets came into their own, hygge style, as we shivered our way through temperatures which plummeted to -10, as the house was being renovated. We’ve been told that this is very unusual for winter, but boy are we glad it seems to be over…

The countryside around the house has suddenly turned from barren brown, to zinging, popping green. Foliage, flowers, blooms are suddenly bursting open. Our garden is morphing from a muddy building site, into a green & colourful building site. And it is an absolute joy to watch nature unfolding in front of our eyes…

And, the best thing of all? Driving to the supermarket this morning, at 11am, the temperature was 24 degrees. Not bad at all when only four weeks ago it was minus 10 😉