This winter has been characterised by howling winds, driving rain, and T-Shirt temperatures. Everything is fooled. Crocuses are now appearing to go with the snowdrops, and daffodils are spearing out of the sodden ground, yellow trumpets not yet ready to unfurl.
The ground has no winter crispness about it a frost brings. Everything is muddy, thank heaven for my excellent £12 Decathlon trail runners but even they don't prevent your feet getting soaked when you suddenly find yourself in an ankle deep puddle.
The main blessing of this winter has been the fact that might cycle commutes to work have not yet been made hazardous by ice and snow.
All yext and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 31.12.15
|Not sure what this is, but it's out!
|Magnolia flowers budding
|Also nettles flowering
|River Devon just starting to flood
|Trent nearly over at the lock
|Even muddier running
|Muddy owl land