Winter for a day in Oxford and much of England this week. Everyone excited. Schools closed. Strangers talked to each other. News dominated by transport chaos. How much snow did we get in Oxford? 6" max. Same week in upstate New York? 6 feet. Now THAT'S winter. Still it was great for a day. Walked through this scene at lunchtime in Christ Church Meadows and it felt like I was in of one of those paintings by Brueghel the Elder.