SNOW! It is snow which seems to have shaped everything for the last month. Almost everyone in the UK and Ireland has experienced some snow in the last few weeks, and everyone has had bitterly cold weather, but here in Scotland it started in November, of all things, and has continued relentlessly. Those living elsewhere think of Scotland as normally cold, but we live on the coast and, although the east wind can be bitter in winter, generally speaking we get very little snow. I never remember it coming as early as it has this year. Last winter was quite bad from the end of December, but this year it has started a whole month earlier. At least our cocker spaniel Sasha enjoys it.