Maybe global warming is taking affect in Northern Ireland after all, even if it is in the wrong season.
For the record mild Christmas period has seen roses begin to flower in Belfast's Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park. This time last year the flowers would have died from the intense chill.
It is little wonder the roses are confused. This has been a topsy turvy year with temperatures below normal in the summer and an exceptionally warm April and November. Wouldn't it be nice just to have hot summers, mild springs and autumns and cold winters - the sort of seasonal variation that temperate countries are supposed to have.