We live in one of only 14 Dark Night Sky areas in the whole world - so taking part in the CPRE/Countryside Charity's Star Count from this Saturday 6-14 February should cheer us up. All you need to do is count how many you can see in the constellation Orion - he with the belt and sword and always visible in our hemisphere, at this time of year towards the south.
One of the brightest of all stars, Rigel is blue-ish and bottom right from his 'belt' of three stars. The notorious Betelguese is also very bright and top left from the belt.
Go to CPRE's web site page for details on how to sign on.
The pages now display photos of live moths taken by Andrew Graham. This one, the Puss Moth, looks very soft and cuddly.