And, finally, we have had planning permission approved for our outbuildings - after an uphill struggle and months of waiting. This week the builders have started delivering materials to the site but this doesn't mean that we'll have our breakfast room cleared of chainsaws, strimmers and beekeeping equipment by Christmas! In fact, the weather could prevent much work for the foreseeable future! However, on the plus side we do have some spectacular scenery - and the wildlife stands out against the snow! And Sunrise Cottage is unaffected - protected by thick stone walls, and by our house, from any building work, and with its own large enclosed garden on the opposite side looking out over the Nent Valley.