Allan, It's -0.5 degrees C here this morning (Saturday 22nd), but I have to say I'm 'warming' to the new site. Your sailing photograph added was very clever ! ! (Insofar as I wouldn't have a clue how to do that) ;D ;D
Not so keen on bringing the Rover out of hibernation at this time of year. Don't mind it getting wet or snowed upon, it's just that the de-mist / de-frost / heater / blower arrangement is worse than useless and I invariably end up driving directly into the bright sun, which even at noon doesn't seem to get more than about ten degrees above the horizon.......I might as well be 'driving on instruments' ! ! When I select de-frost, there is a lot of noise and whistling, but barely a trickle of luke warm air seeps onto the screen. I must have a dismantling weekend and locate the blockage.
Mind you, having had a good moan, on Christmas Day 2003 I did take the old bus down to Brighton for an hour or so before blatting back up the M23 / M25 for an appointment with a couple of glasses of sherry and the turkey roast. It made a change from the usual Christmas Day morning. A month ago I was just at the tail end of a fortnight's 'flu with other respitory nasties so instead of talkng the 4.0 litre into London for a drive about (free of Congestion Charging) we nipped over to Membership Moorshead's for a cup of coffee and came home again. Every muscle in my arms ached for an hour or two afterwards (and the P5B's steering is notoriously light).
You need a run as far as Brighton just to get the interior warmed up, and on a really cold day you are not allowed to breathe out through your mouth, only your nose, otherwise the front screen fogs up.