The photograph was taken shortly after 8.00 a.m. this morning, with the Palace bathed in sunlight.
It is a remarkable contrast with the same time last week. I have a two-mile walk in to the Palace and on that occasion the pavements were covered in thick ice for virtually the whole of the journey. Given that I am accident-prone (I am, after all, left-handed), I amazed myself by staying upright for the whole of the journey.
The weather last week also prevented me from engaging in my regular routine of spending a few minutes sat quietly on one of the benches in Victoria Tower Gardens overlooking the Thames – it is one of my favourite views, looking over to Lambeth Palace, and the best time to view the river is early morning. I am a creature of habit and it is one of the two things I always try to do when at Westminster. The other is to have lunch in the Bishop’s Bar. I am easily pleased.