My husband is dying of cancer. In the 40 years-plus of our marriage we have done so many lovely holiday journeys together, by road, by rail, by ferry (rarely by air). I’m trying to hold my life together. Then I read Joe Hammond’s final article (Weekend, 14 December) and the last line broke me up: “…preparing to travel again, but no longer together.”
Patricia King
Galmpton, Devon

• I have just come in from the garden and noticed my cat had dug up some bulbs. They each bore a tiny green shoot. There they were, quietly waiting for spring. Did anyone else notice that the Green party had increased the percentage of its vote? Roll on spring.
Liz Hartmann

• Pete Brook’s request for a lie-ometer (Letters, 16 December) is spot on. Please consider the most effective way to do this. A daily list and highlighted lies in each article, perhaps? We desperately need the truth and evidence to call out those who have abandoned honesty.
Joan Foster
Chichester, West Sussex

• If John Harrison (Letters, 16 December) is advocating that Labour adopt the selection methodology of Strictly Come Dancing, I have two words for him: Ed and Balls.
Ian Grieve
Gordon Bennett, Llangollen canal

• Surely an “i” has gone awol (Promises, promises: how Johnson’s government will run the country, 15 December)?
Ceri Brown
Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

• How can I have a green Christmas (The briefing, 16 December)? Spend time with people, not money on things.
Bob Pike
Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire, France

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