A year ago we were down at Keyhaven in the western Solent having a great time sliding along on the frozen puddles and enjoying the unusual winter seascape.
Temperatures had dropped severely overnight leaving the saltings with a thick coating of ice.
Fast forward to this year which in the brief intervals between the rain has been mild and very pleasant.
With temperatures over 10 degrees Celsius some of the local wildlife were behaving as if Spring had arrived.
That of course was before the present cold spell started!!