Something more like sanity may set in: final exam boards have happened, the official end of the year, and I’ve finished drafting the novel, which at least now makes it possible to think about other things from time to time. It’s the longest day, but the weather is grey and dreary with intermittent rain. However, we went out to dinner last night, and drove home, as it came up to eleven, under pale grey skies, and subsequently, walked the cat and the dog in the dim half-light. The Professor put lanterns in the trees by way of a small festive gesture, and very beautiful they looked. We did the beds in front of the house this week, and have put in burgundy-coloured petunias and bright pink dahlias, which should be quite merry and bright altogether, even if the sun isn’t shining.