The difference between 16 and 22, when it’s degrees Centigrade we’re talking about, is the angle of planetary tilt from mid-winter to the first signs of spring; the psychological distance between icy withdrawal and exuberant optimism. Officially, Spring Day is more than a month away – but today, as it were, after weeks of bright but chilly weather, it is sending out messengers, and shoots of green.

On the other side, soon, the world will begin sliding towards ice and snow and hours of darkness, in preparation for Rob’s and my December arrival. We may live in a modern world, of TV and internet and jet transportation, but it is the seasons that tell me, we are entering upon a great transition.