We’re waiting for the annual outbreak of panic and hysteria from the media and our local schools. Why? Because it’s snowing and that means “disaster”, the “big freeze” and the end of the world as we know it. Or something like that. We’ve had just under 10cm (4in) of snow so far, which is a reasonable fall for December. The only downside for us is that the new tyres for the Land Rover are yet to arrive but the fire is burning, the hot chocolate is being poured and I have a slice of toast with honey waiting for me.