It’s only twelfth night and not a warm day at all but it is already noticeable a bare fortnight after the winter solstice that the days are lengthening ever so slightly and the days have a few minutes more daylight in them. Enormously encouraging – it’s not that one doesn’t like the winter because Quebec winters are wonderful, but it is nice to know that Spring will come, even if not for another three or four months.

Keep smiling.