It has snowed all day, but the sky is lightening and there is even a touch of blue visible with the eye of faith. “Has there ever been this much snow before in Sweden?” asked Isak, as we trudged home from school, kicking snow clumped ice bits down the path to the bridge. “Oh yes…” he suddenly remembered, “the ice age. And that took 20,000 years to melt!” Hopefully it will be quicker in the weeks ahead, I thought, as Isak slogged through deep drifts on a “short cut”. New snow is thick on our street – the plows have not made it here yet. But it is not too cold, and that is something good… just a degree below freezing. And so Spring comes to our corner of the world!