The tram-works are gone, the german market has arrived and the Xmas lights have been switched on. Princes Street looks glorious and people seem more joyful and relaxed than they have been for many, many months. I shall saviour the next few days, before the Xmas crowds arrive.
The lights are one aspect of Xmas i embrace wholeheartedly. Increasingly the city lights have become more simple, tasteful and elegant. They shine out, brilliant and clear, through the dark winter evenings. The lights will see us through the longest nights – to the solstice and beyond. Then the sun will start to return and spring will be just round the corner.