Agencies need to focus on the ongoing recovery work as well as delivering assistance in the testing conditions ahead of winter. There are huge challenges not only for the people of Nepal - who are making every effort to bounce back - but also for the humanitarian organisations who are striving to deliver against strict timelines and enormous physical and climatic difficulties.
A soon as you move to Denmark you become aware of a word that the Danes use all the time and say there is no translation for - hygge (pronounced hooga). They say the best translation is cosy but that is so inadequate for what hygge truly means. I fell for hygge straightaway and it seems that others outside Denmark are starting to try and understand this lovely concept.
Pretty much every beach had some birds washed up. At Ashridge, one of the oldest beeches fell along with hundreds of other trees. Some of our ancient and veteran trees succumbed in quite spectacular ways, with their sheer size meaning their falls resulted in a domino effect, the aftermath of which we are still dealing with in some places.
Few things convey the arrival of the festive season as well as the smell of spices; from cinnamon to cloves to nutmeg, these scents are synonymous with Christmas. Unfortunately, cold and flu season goes hand in hand with the winter festivities, with December and January being the months when infections are most prevalent.
There's nothing like a short European break to get you in the mood for Christmas. As the nights draw in and the December days pass by, pop over to Lausanne, Switzerland on a special winter trip--you'll have ample opportunity to get your festive shopping done, and return refreshed and ready for the big day!