My friend Vlasta celebrated his 60th birthday over the weekend with a big outdoor bash.
His wife Susan is a talented sculptor and she made a gigantic fire with a sort of snow sculpture bench around it, complete with flags on tall wooden sticks outside the circle.
It was a round bench seat, surrounded by igloo-like ice blocks.
We all sat or stood around the enourmous fire. It has been very warm this week and sitting outside in -1C temperatures and a roaring fire was almost like being down south. Er, well, sort of.
And chocolate birthday cake in the snow. What could be better? Happy birthday Vlasta!