The weather man said there would be snow flurries on Mersea Island today and he was right.
"The sheets were frozen hard and they cut the naked hand.
The decks were like a slide where a seaman scarce could stand.
The wind was a nor'wester, blowing squally off the sea,
and cliffs and spouting breakers were the only things a-lee."
Those are Robert Louis Stevenson's words.
This is the view from Leafy HQ,
(well almost... actually it's the view from just around the corner).
My daffodils don't know if they are coming or going, and I am bracing myself for a lifeboat exercise tonight which is going to be rather a chilly affair.
I am completely in awe of the fleet of children sailing their optimists only yesterday, right here, competing in the Volvo Gill Optimist Spring Championships. A huge well done to each and every one of them. They're an incredibly tough and dedicated lot.
Can you have a fleet of children- or is it just a fleet of boats?