The weather over much of December and the first week of January has been a great improvement on the same period last year. Many days of clear sky, and relatively little wind and rain have provided much opportunity for walking. The lack of the combination of strong wind and hail has meant that we haven't been stuck in the house so far this winter.
The picture shows Loch Bhrusda on Boxing Day; not a gust of wind, and the loch (which supplies our water) was the perfect mirror image of the near cloudless sky.
This late afternoon we stepped outside to see the International Space Station arc to the south. As bright as the brightest star, it was surprising to see how quickly it moved across the sky.