Winter lasts approximately 4 months here in this great southern land. Sitting holding a blanket while the aircon is on low (during the night, as the price of power is high) is the normal thing. We laugh when it starts to get cold at 4:00 and the Sky darkens by 4:30. The rain is nice and reminds me of a number of films in which rain adds a special ambience. I never tire of the rain but the cold is another thing. To walk out the door and feel the warmth of the sun brings a special pleasure and a feeling of optimism and hope for future times. Spring is here.