Mrs Birdwatcher has just come in from the boggy morass that laughingly passes for our garden to tell me that the daffodils are coming up. I almost fell off my chair. Its not even half way through January yet! We don’t normally see any sign of them until the end of Feb early March and they never flower before late March early April. Is this just a one off or is it a taste of the future? I have lived here for the past eighteen years and I cannot recall so mild a winter. Mind you its not over yet. Some of the coldest, snowiest weather we have had in recent years has been in March. We shall see.