Last week the weather was really pleasant. It was mostly fairly warm and sunny. We painted some of the terrace furniture. There were bees on the spring flowers.
Yesterday morning after hours of rain and plunging temperatures it snowed. Then as the day wore on it rained some more, and the temperatures continued to fall as the rain cleared. By the early evening it was bitingly cold in a bitter north wind. Last night the temperature dropped to around minus 5, this morning there is ice a centimetre thick on the roof terrace. The north wind has now died down a little and there is bright sunshine, it is cold, barely above freezing.
We gather it has been a particularly cold winter. We have used far more wood than expected and have some electricity bills that in part reflect the cold. We have managed to stay warm and we have a good sized dry store currently half full of wood, far more than we will need this winter.
The forecast is that it will start to warm up by the weekend. Hopefully as we move into March winter will become a thing of the past. For the next few days we plan to stay at home in the warm and not care about the heating costs.