After a mellow autumn and almost balmy December, it has turned decidedly nippy. The little pond out back froze over for the first time in ages last night and has remained thus, with the mercury hovering around 1c all day. It was pretty bracing on the terraces at Wealdstone FC's home game as well when we did our usual thing of scoring early and conceding a tame one at the death but at least we got a draw. It's always depressing to trudge back through the near-deserted streets of beautiful Ruislip in the freezing cold when your team has been beaten.
Botanists should be watching this spring with great interest. Will the freeze do strange things to the many plants that think that winter is over?