A Spring thaw is one thing. But a mid winter thaw - when you know the mercury will plummet again tomorrow - is quite another.
The difference is that a spring thaw brings with it the promise of snowdrops and new life pushing through the dark earth.
A mid winter thaw brings only grey sodden fields and muddy roads - and the certain knowledge that it will get worse again before it gets better.
Still - there are compensations.
The Enchanted Forest is opening up again. And split rail fences are photogenic no matter what the weather!