I cannot think of any real frosts so far this winter, potentially a reflection of a later waking hour, but there is no denying that this winter has been incredibly mild to date.
So much so that the bulbs are poking through the soil with abandon and one daffodil, a flower normally associated with Easter, is coming out in time for Christmas. The image below was taken on 21st December, the shortest day of the year. While it has been pretty mild it has also been on the damp side, even for Ireland.
Gosh I for one would love a bit of real cold and some snow for Christmas, but I know not all would welcome it.