Getting Over Our Dutch Midwinter Blues

This is a despatch from the Central European lowlands where winter is neither the season when snowmen freeze to death – as they currently do in North America – nor the right time to sit outside in some balmy sunshine. This, after all, is not the Mediterranean. Not that you would be in danger of mistaking one for the other.

The Habsburg Emperor Charles V is known to have boasted

Getting Over Our Dutch Midwinter Blues