The planned weekend up in Milan was rather scuppered when we did a final check on the weather conditions for the journey and found that most of it would be spent driving through snow and sleet. As a result we selected the safer if not bolder option of staying at home, which proved to be a sound move. A bitterly cold saturday was spent stocking up on wood for the fires and searching down a christmas tree from our own estate. During this search George spotted a deer running around the woods at the top of the estate (another animal to add to our list of wildlife). It was quite a large animal which disappeared extremely quickly for its size. Our attempt to track it was foiled by the rantings of a loud boy who shows no potential to be a tracker despite his ability to spot wildlife. We did discover the christmas tree in the end (a rather large tree) much to Martine’s delight as it was part of a tree that we needed to cut anyway to enhance our view.
We awoke to a good layer of snow this morning which resulted in a morning’s sledging down the slopes at the top end of the garden. We decided the slopes near the house had too many obstacles and steep finishes even for an adventure weekend.