The arrival of the first frost signals the end of autumn and the beginning of winter – on Thursday night, 26-27 May, the temperature fell to –1.5 degC. A thorough frost. Yet the days are sunny, in the upper teens. Early winter is one of our most glorious seasons and last night, visiting neighbours, we spent as much time around the braai ( barbeque fire), even after supper, as we did around the fire in the living room. Gloriously clear skies, and someone with a Skywatch app on an iPhone 4: point at the sky and you get the stars and can name them, or see the constellations. Seldom has the miracle of modern technology been so graphically illustrated, with sophisticated adults squealing like children at the miracle of what we were doing. My phone is due for an upgrade – can I reach for the stars…?