December repeats the pattern of sunshine and shower. Sun glows through falling water on glistening trees. Roads adopt the darkness of rainwater and cars gleam like an advertisement. Hillside windows become gold facets when showers end. Overdecorated Christmas trees on shop roofs sparkle as normal. Up on Heidelberg the hospitals keep a brave face. Their windows gaze out on the potentiality of wellness. Houses dry in the sun and birds return, more lively than ever. It’s coats and umbrellas in the streets. Efficiency finds its way to work, whatever the mood. Blue sky now but big cold grey feels imminent.