Popped downstairs to get a painkiller around 0200hrs and there was a big slug on the floor of the utility room so I evicted it back outdoors and lo and behold the sky was clear and many stars in view. Orion was evident and the Hyades and Pleiades which is one of my favourite sights especially in binoculars. Also Gemini with M35. Couldn't stay long as only in dressing gown and wasn't too well so reluctantly headed back to bed. nice to see old friends in the sky again though.