It's not only us who have been experiencing this unusually mild weather. Many of Europe's snow resorts have no snow at all so far, and Muscovites have been grumbling about the lack of snow in Red Square.
I wonder what effect this winter will have on the animals and plants round here. Probably it will benefit some and cause others to struggle. For us humans too there are pros and cons. In the "Plus" column it saves us money in heating bills, and inconvenience in being able to get the car started quickly each morning. In the "minus" column, the kids do love playing in the snow each year, as you can see from the photo taken last February, and it will be shame if we see no snow at all this season.