It's showing 5 degrees outside and a big change from last week's balmy 18 degrees. Passing Nash Road, a little earlier, I was concerned to see a group of miserable-looking horses, heads bowed against the freezing rain, huddled together in the corner of a waterlogged field and not all wearing turnout coats to keep them warm. I would have thought in these conditions it would be sensible, if not humane, to keep them in the stables!
Later this evening it's the monthly meeting of the Westgate & Westbrook residents association and I understand that KCC councillor, Robert Burgess, will be delivering a quick update on the future of Westgate fire station. I can't really offer to report more than I said last month other than comment on the impact of last month's Comprehensive Spending Review. Many people I speak with still struggle to grasp the real implications of the spending cuts ahead and I'm frequently asked: "Where's my council tax gone?" The answer is of course that it only paid a fractional amount of the cost of local public services and the really big balance of funding came from central government and the county council.
Thanet is strangely enough in a better financial position, in terms of its reserves, than many of its coastal neighbours, thanks to good housekeeping policies but with £21 million to find over the coming four years, the starting balance may appear more than a little irrelevant and the figure too large to imagine.
This is a subject that reaches beyond politics but I'm sure that it's one that won't avoid it in the months until next May!