Christmas festivities this year consisted in a large part of “cycle tours ” with Beautiful Daughter. She’d worked out that her newly extended range on a bike meant she could go and find new places to visit, and so your correspondent was called upon to find routes to playgrounds in local villages.

Thank goodness for the traffic free road network in rural Germany.

There was also snow, some of which was used to make a snowman, all of 10″ or 25cm tall, but of course priority went to throwing snow at Papa…