Nature offers unexpected surprises and challenges.
For the last three months I experienced a mild winter. Here in Britain after three harsh winters, I enjoyed some days I could even wear a t-shirt. The flowers of spring were two months early, and even an admiral butterfly fluttered past me.
It came as a shock to me last week when winter knocked on my door, temperatures in double minus figures, snow on the ground, and no warmth in sight for weeks. I doubt the butterfly was prepared for this sudden change in climate, and thus death was certain. For me, I was complacent, and a leaflet campaign for my business was wiped out thanks to slippery ice. Neither butterfly or I had prepared for a sudden change in our fortunes, and for both of us it was a disaster.