Almost a complete opposite of this time last year - windy, mild, and wet. Not particularly inspiring for photography.
I have been concentrating on other hobbies this year since the interest of the snow left, the summer was quite forgettable and now that we are into the dark long nights I am trying to get out with my telescope for a spot of astronomy; this was set back by problems with my equipment but hopefully that is all sorted out now, all I need is a calm clear night... tonight is clear (for now) but very very windy, even if my telescope wasn't blown over I think the damp cold wind would hurt my eyes so this is a night to maybe have a quick look with binoculars but not one to spend time setting up the telescope only for it to get blown away.
I also built a Tamiya Sand Scorcher, a classic 1/10th scale radio controlled dune buggy / baja buggy which was originally released in about 1980; it was re-released in 2010 with very few changes to the specification, it's been great fun to construct this and paint up the rigid body just the way I wanted, an experience for me as it's the first rigid body I've done. I really enjoy adding in all the little details that make it unique, along with a few customisations and of course the driver as well. As a fan of miniatures and models in general this is great, and a joy to see the finished article. Only thing is I haven't managed to really run it yet beyond a couple of trial runs in the garden as the rear suspension is terrible, it just has no strength or bounce to it; this is an on-going thing that I am hoping to find a solution to, most likely in the form of replacement dampers with springs to replace the rather useless torsion bars it currently uses. I suppose this is one part of the original specification they really should have sorted out in the 2010 re-release.
Anyway, enough of my sad hobbies! I may well get around to attaching my camera to my astronomy equipment to take some photographs of astronomical wonders this year, watch out for that.