There was a hard frost first thing on Wednesday 28 December. Luckily there was no fog here. Four departures and six arrivals and three cleaners here. With some early departures we were able to make a prompt start to cleaning which was finished by lunchtime. All checks and final touches completed by 2.30. At 3pm a procession of cars made its way up the drive with three cottages all arriving together. A few minutes later two more cottages arrived so Chris and I were very busy for a few minutes. Four have been before so most of the chat went in catching up. Final cottage arrived just before 5pm, they also have been before. By now the fog had rolled in and there was a weather warning in place. Again by the morning it had disappeared and Thursday was another sunny and cold day. One departure and one cleaner here. Later in the afternoon we went out for a few hours calling in at the Chatsworth Garden Center, Edensor Tearoom and Chatsworth Farm Shop. Friday started misty but it soon lifted into another sunny day and a little milder than previous days. No departures but one arrival with cottage cleaned so just needed final checks. Spent the day on accounts work that needed to be entered before end of month and Chris spent the day on preparations for the annual newsletter. Cottage arrived at 3.30. Friday was mild but more overcast. No departures but one arrival with cottage already prepared. As my brother in law was expected later in the day prepared a room for him. Cottage here at 5pm and brother in law at 4pm. In the evening we went to the Crispin at Great Longstone for a meal before seeing the New Year in quietly.
December weather stats. Highest temp 12.2 C on 18th with lowest temp -0.5 C on 5th. Warmest day 9th and warmest night 7th. Coldest day 5th and coldest night 27th. Wettest days 8th and 23rd, both with 0.39 although it fell in a shorter time on the 23rd. Total rain for month 1.59 in compared to a wet December in 2015 with 5.14 in.