The sharp curve of the white new moon in the sky: she in white in true frost, and yellow a little if it is devising change. The shepherd is the symbolic man of the hardest winter time. His work is never more important than then…the lamb was born in the adversity of snow.

The overnight temperatures for most of January hovered between two degrees and five or six degrees. Hard frosts with sub-zero temperatures dominated the middle of the month and with the daytime thermometer barely moving above freezing the bitter spell brought a dusting of snow on the 20th.

When mild wet weather duly arrived from the south during the last week, torrential rain fell the night of the 26th. For the last three days, however, the temperature fell to minus two degrees on successive mornings.