I mentioned at the time that I was off for a walk in appreciation of a beautiful sunny afternoon and winter colour on Hampstead Heath. So an hour and a half of fresh crisp air later and what have we got? Yup. Plenty of colour still out there!
Blue sky, Yellow leaves, Purple Hebe, White Fatsia, Green Moss, Red berries:
And on the way home, growing in someone's garden, a new plant to me:
which, thanks to the December issue of 'Gardens Illustrated', I now know is Callicarpa bodinieri.
(My photo doesn't do this plant justice; the berries are a real pop of purple and the leaves a deep, glossy green. A real treat for colour-starved eyes!)
So what am I thankful for? Winter sunshine, gardeners who make the world a more beautiful place, the opportunity to grow veg and flowers outside my own door, good friends to share this with, living so close to one of the great London green spaces and - of course - all of my family and friends.
Hope you also had the space and time to reflect.