Brass monkeys

Just back from Bal-orig, a warehouse play centre, filled with a huge climbing frame, slides, bouncy cushions and so on. Great idea and one which would make a killing in Italy where there is surprisingly little for children to do. Another myth busted, together with Italian dress sense (for women at least) and interior design. Bal-orig was fortunately not too busy so our kids didn´t get squashed by the pre-pubescent gangs flexing their muscles.

Everything is covered with ice, every cobweb and twig. It´s stunningly beautiful but near absolute zero, it feels, particularly when cycling. It gives you a rosy glow when you back inside, though. Gluhwein anyone?