All the snow has melted, and the rain has gone away for a couple of days. Yesterday was sunny, but cold: 3°C was the maximum, but the morning was considerably colder. Even though the sun came out and felt warm on the skin, where the shadows remained all day the frost never melted, which made interesting patterns on the grass.
This year looks like being another cold winter: two years ago the temperature reached -17°C and last year we had -15°C. Everybody around was saying that this winter can't be as cold, because we never have three bad winters in a row.
Imparted local wisdom can be so important for people newly arrived in an area, but in this case maybe it is just natural human wishful thinking.