This morning there was a treat - sun! Something we haven't seen nearly enough of. There's been the odd couple of hours but then the grey skies have crept back and the rain has returned. Yesterday evening it bucketed down again for the umpteenth time. In fact, everything is so water-logged that the extra little streams and rivulets running off the fields have become semi-established.
View looking north
Our "ponds" haven't really gone away either. Sometimes they shrink a bit, at others they expand. Going out to the woodshed remains a squelchy affair. Doing any kind of work outside is on hold until things dry out at least a little. You can see in the photos that there are glints of the water in the grass. Here and there it is deep enough to reflect the sky. At the moment the "ponds" have shrunk a little, but much of the grass remains up to its tips in water.
Another view looking north over soggy grass
However, the snowdrops are out, the first little sign of Spring! Last year we took some photos of them on the 31st of January, so no difference there.
What is different this year is that we've had no snow or proper cold snap -- so far! We know February can still spring a nasty surprise, but by this time last year we'd had snowfall and frosts.
January 20th 2013
In fact, it has been so mild, albeit soggy, this winter that one of our window boxes from last summer is still going. The geraniums [or pelargoniums -- never know which is correct] have hung on and, although definitely somewhat moth-eaten around the edges, are still flowering away! To be fair the boxes are pushed up against a south-facing wall, which has helped.
27th January 2014
Here's hoping we don't have such a protracted wet chilly Spring as we did last year. We looked at the records and last year we were still lighting the wood burner long after we expected to. In the meantime, we'll enjoy the sunshine today. Sadly, we suspect the regular diet of grey and rain will be resumed tomorrow.