So, it looks as though Winter is about to appear in the guise of snow and gales. And it is set to come in from the West rather than from Eastern Europe.
Here in the Dales of North Yorkshire we are just hoping that the Lakes and the West side of the country bears the brunt of the snow before it reaches here. I am going out with a friend for lunch tomorrow. As the farmer has a quite long appointment at the doctor's in the morning for various tests, friend D is collecting me in her car and we are lunching at Tennants (our local Auction House).
Last Winter it was never cold enough for my heavy Winter coat (- I have had it for thirty two years - cashmere, camel coloured and a trench coat style it has never gone out of fashion). Tomorrow may well be the day when it emerges once more from the spare wardrobe.
Simon - Careering through Nature - has a photograph of two aconites on his post. I have a patch in my front garden - no sign of them yet and with this snow coming I don't expect there will be.
But plenty of winter jasmine out on a South-facing wall. With this cold weather forecast we need to cast about for signs, however small, that if winter comes can Spring be far behind.