Kate and I had a very happy New Year with friends in Norway. They have a stunning cottage (a part of which dates back to the 16th century!) in the mountains about three hours north of Oslo near the Hemsedal ski resort. After spending four weeks in the very mild and wet northern winter it was great to get into a real winter wonderland, and with temperatures down to minus 11C it was about as cold as this kiwi has ever been! We had a first go at cross country skiing and along the way I managed to get a few photos of the magical monochrome landscape, the only thing missing was the sun, oh and a sight of the mountains!