Finally, towards the end of last week the bridge across the canal was shut! This means a slightly quicker walk to Arrowsmith from the bus stop and much less walking along the busy Parkhill Road East where, in the mornings, we are likely to be mown down by one of the speedy yellow school buses, of which there are many! And Simon now only has to cross that scary road once rather than three times, but he has discovered a way where he no longer needs to cross at all, what a relief! Here he is crossing the canal, all rugged up for the bus trip and walk in the mornings. In fact it was a balmy 1degree this morning and positively tropical this afternoon, the temperature rising to 7 degrees! What you can’t see is that the canal behind Simon was frozen, though thawing a little by this afternoon and the height of the canal on the nearside has dropped so low – all part of the water management plan for the winter by the men controlling the Trent Waterways, we suspect. This afternoon there was a beautiful wintry sunset but that will have to wait until tomorrow – one of these days I will work out how I can put more than one photo at a time on here! We had a very quiet evening, as Simon is worried about having to read, watching a sweet, but sad, film based on an old story “The Road to Terabithia” – now I have to read the book, usually not the best way around! We finished listening to the entire Harry Potter series read by Steven Fry last night – we have both really enjoyed listening to it, over the last few weeks, and feel rather lost without Harry and friends for company in the evenings!