Looking out of the window while writing this, it's a beautiful, white, snow-laden morning. The schools are shut, the roads are chaos, but what else do you expect from the UK after a couple of inches of snow?
But while the kids love a day off school, it's not what the British-based Formula 1 teams need two weeks before the trucks have to head off to Barcelona for the first pre-season test, which starts on February 18.
The big teams can look at flying cars and parts to Spain, but the smaller ones will have to ensure they have a few shovels in the cab of the truck! But it's not just a problem of getting the cars to the test, it's getting staff into work, it's the van drivers and delivery companies moving parts around, whether it's components that are supplied from an outside company or need to go out for treatment. The first couple of weeks of February are a very busy time for all new teams as they assemble their brand new toy.