February has been extraordinarily mild till now and indeed I gather that there were scarcely any frosts while I was in hospital. So the birds and the bees are very confused.
Three days ago I stood out in the sunshine wearing just a tee-shirt, watching the masonry bees busily hunting nest places in the cracks round my bedroom doors. (I gather they don’t do excessive damage, see for example, http://www.stockport.gov.uk/services/environment/envhealth/pestcontrol/commonpests/mortarmasonrybees/ )
Then, after weeks of fine weather, the rain came. It poured yesterday and during the night we had a wild thunderstorm coming from the south – and at the same time the wind and rain beat against the house from the north. This morning it is colder and the hills above are covered in snow.