Today Ragnhild, one of my absolute best friends from Norway, is coming to stay with me for a week! I would define our friendship as rather epic. Since meeting each other at the age of five, we have then travelled half around the globe together, stumbling through wondrous places such as Beijing, New York, Scotland and the Inner Mongolian desert in each other’s hilarious and much valued company. We are now ready to take on England with great zest and vigour, and I shall be back in a week or so with lots of photos from Bath, Blenheim Palace and Christmas in London.

In the meantime, enjoy November. It may be bleak, but all you have to do is to look at the world in technicolour.