Today was a beautiful winter day, cold but clear with crisp blue skies and light clouds scudding across. It was a day to savour. I realise that for many people the weather this winter has been the stuff of which nightmares are made, sand it is certainly shocking to see the destruction caused by the weather in the South West, or even close by in Golspie and Helmsdale. Thus far however, we have been spared the worst and blessed with a few days like today for good measure. No doubt we shall get our fair share in due course.