For so long now, it has been getting dark by 3:30 in the afternoon, and pitch black an hour later. Almost sixteen hours of every day, spent in darkness.
Then last night as I was cooking dinner, I had to pop out to the spare fridge in the garden shed to get something.
It was 6:01 pm, according to the clock on the microwave, and it was still light, with the sun not completely set to my left. The sky glowed pink in the far distance, and I could clearly see to the end of the garden
Now that is definitely a sign that Spring is just around the corner.