Yesterday, as I walked around the lake in the chilly afternoon air, I noticed for the first time in a very long time the sun reflecting off the waters restful surface with a million blinding white shards. I noticed how the trees, still bare of leaves in their wintry form, trapped the low sun behind their skeletal branches. The air is still holding the chill of a long winter but with a tiny hint of warmth that is now almost foreign to me. This morning the temperature rose from -1 to 11°C in the space of two hours. From this I deduce – yes spring is finally here.