Expect challenging moments in nature

Nature offers unexpected surprises and challenges.

Unexpected snow in Colchester

The sudden change of the weather during the winter in Colchester surprised everyone including me.

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.

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