Tonight is the Winter Solstice here in New Zealand, making this the shortest day and tonight the longest night. It takes about a month for us to notice that the days are getting longer, but there is a psychological boost when you know that the Shortest Day has passed. In the South Island, particularly right down south where I now live, we have many very dull, cold, dreary days when the sun doesn't shine. This time last year, I was in France, and missed 2 months of winter. This year, I have to suck it up and be here.
The up side of winter (and there IS one) is that I was able to take these photos of roses in the Queens Park gardens -