It’s a cold morning. Minus four outside, clear and calm and our beautiful valley, still asleep and frozen beneath a dusting of frost. Monet himself could not have asked for a more perfect scene. Indeed, he would have anxiously made a lot more of the moment than I. Being outdoors this morning is not for the faint-hearted. I have sensibly chosen the indoors by the open fire and get to work on the newsletter for 2013.