A shock to the system – sub-zero temperatures and a stiff breeze this morning, 30 degrees colder than yesterday. But the sun keeps coming on stronger – we’re past 11 hours of daylight now, from less than 9 at the end of December, and I can bask in its warmth every afternoon.

Our houseplants have come out of their winter dormancy, sending out tender green shoots… so even below zero I have hope for all things green.