Ok, if you’re like a dear friend of mine who just wrote from Minnesota, yes, you probably can believe it’s January – the snow drifts would be a dead giveaway.

But if you had been wandering around Madrid with me yesterday, and saw people soaking up the incredibly bright sun in the public parks, as they are on this monument near the Palacio Real, you might have had trouble convincing yourself that Spring hadn’t arrived early.


My favorite is the couple propped up against the monument base on the left side – they were having a nap in the sun – is this May or what?