Sadly, any hopes of crunching my way through snow that was lying deep and crisp and even over the hillsides of north Cardiff were crushed by the bright sun that greeted Christmas Day.
Still, at least it wasn’t raining, so I chirpily set off for my traditional climb around Graig Llanishen, which leads on to Caerphilly Mountain.
Looking south over central Cardiff, with Caerphilly Road reflecting the winter sun.
Looking east towards Bristol. I could see the Severn Bridge crossing in the far distance.
Casting a long shadow at the top of the hill. Caerphilly can be seen in the distance.
Looking up at the start of the Valleys.
This tree had come down during the recent storms.
It was a lovely day for a walk (although I still would have preferred lashings of the aforementioned white stuff!).
A last look before I headed home for a well earned Christmas dinner.
Here’s how the walk looked in 2010 , when there plenty of lovely snow on the ground.