Friday 5 February 2010 2.04pm
I was doing a bit of washing up this morning, (should have done it last night, but never do,)and from the kitchen window I could see something red among the bushes in the garden. It was a lovely sunny morning, and still is by the way,(10 degrees,)so when I'd finished the chores I went outside with a well-earned cup of coffee and there, large as life, were two roses in full bloom. Nothing else in the garden has yet reared it's head, and I do have a lot of winter flowering bulbs out there. Perhaps there should be a sign on the A13, 'Welcome to Wetscliff, where the roses bloom before the snowdrops.'
Every year the great outdoors seems to get wierder. I can remember one day in mid February last year when it was 15 degrees and we went for a stroll along the seafront. It was surreal. Everyone was in shirtsleeves or T-shirts, shorts were much in evidence and the queue at Rossi's ice cream parlour went on for miles. I thought I was in a time warp. Maybe this is the 'new' February weather we can hopefully come to expect, but in this country only a fool would bet against snow at Easter....We've had it before!
By the way, Easter eggs are now on sale. Buy now while stocks last!