Twice a year, there is a period of a few weeks when the sun appears above our neighbour's roof, but lower than the eaves over my study windows. When there are no clouds, it can be bright enough for me to lower the blinds on the window.
Today is the first day I've noticed this effect since autumn. The sun's a bit pale and weak, and the sky looks a bit anaemic, but I can see the shadow of my own head on the floorboards.
So, we are past the winter solstice; the coldest average day of the year is past, too.
Bring on spring.
Not that I'm hastening my life away, you understand. If anything, I'm trying to slow it down, just to feel that sun on my face.