February – again! February is, as Agostino said, the sad month. The mania and excitement of Natale is over and as my dear old Dad used to say, as the days begin to lengthen, so the cold begins to strengthen... SAD, or seasonally affective disorder, is now recognised as a real state. Dark days encourage dark moods, and we all have them. As my beloved old neighbour Maria used to say, or rather to intone, Febbraio, Febbraetto, Corte Corte, Maledetto. We may want to escape to a fantasy world of no darkness, but we have to go through these dark days to reach ... SPRING! New beginnings as the ice cracks. We melt too, and begin to flow ... but what helps us right now?