They say that once you have survived your first winter up here your body acclimatises, making each subsequent winter a little easier. This winter was my second, and it's true, it was much more bearable than the first.
This most certainly has a lot to do with us now living in a properly insulated house, and it also has a lot to do with the current epidemic of sunny days, that has all but melted the memory of the snow that appeared on our earth just 6 weeks prior.
After a day of open windows, we closed our laptops and headed up the street to a local wine bar, PJ on his skateboard, me on my bike.
There was live music, glasses toasting the sunset, and questions of where abouts and how abouts we have been since winter transpierced.