I Didn't Expect To See That Today!

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What's That Again?

It's the 2nd January 2012 and it's colder today, just 3 degrees Centigrade which is hardly surprising for this time of year, but we were all getting use to the mild weather we have had lately.

Christmas day was a massive 20 degrees warmer than it was last year!

Nick and I wrapped ourselves up warm and set off for a walk round the country lanes. I was armed with my camera of course, but the day is quite dull and dreary, the light uninteresting and the trees bare.

Just as we were walking down the track to return to our lane, I suddenly stopped hardly believing what I was seeing, Daffodils in bloom! I guess the mild weather we have been having has bought them on early, about 2 months early - I certainly didn't expect to see those today!

I wrote a hub recently called What's That Again?? a photo hub of unexpected sights and surprises.

RTalloni commented on the hub saying "You may have started something with this hub. Wouldn't it be neat to see "What's That Again?" hubs from all over the world?!"

That gave me the idea to challenge all my wonderful fellow hubbers out there to come up with their most unusual sightings or happenings.

Do you have any surprising photos to share with us?

If you have, please share them, we would love to see them!

Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year.


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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

My oh my love those first peepers even if winter is just beginning. Soon the crocus will be breaking the ground here in my yard.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

We had a unseasonably warm Christmas too this year. But the snow finally came between Christmas and New years and it is snowing again today. Daffodils in December is quite different.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

We have had a warm winter this year. It has now turned cold and we had snow. In fact my husband is snow blowing right now. Love seeing the flowers. We may see some in April. Enjoyed your hub.


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

I noticed that the trees are in bud already and my neighbour's garden has leaves emerging from bulbs. As you say, much warmer than this time last year although we have a cold wind today. No photos, but the dog and I made our way through a sea foam "blizzard" this morning - the sea was really being whipped up.


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molometer 4 years ago

OMW Daffs in January? What on Earth is going on with the weather.?

It is very mild here in the UK too.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Unusual sights and happenings? What a great idea for a hub!

I live in the US and the winter has been exceedingly mild here, too. After the last two winters, I'm welcoming it, but concerned that the warm weather is not good for the planet. :\ But, this is yet another great hub you've published.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Fiddleman, I have never seen Daffodils in January before, it makes you think spring is just around the corner - really it's a false sense of security!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Susan, certainly no sign of snow here! and those daffodils think it's spring!

Many thanks for your comments, take care MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi moonlake, I hope seeing the daffodils and thoughts of spring have warmed you up a bit!

Thank you for visiting, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Judi, a sea foam 'blizzard' sounds fabulous, cold but fabulous!!

Thank you for your comments they are much appreciated, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi molometer, I am in the UK as well, we are in the Midlands and apparently 2011 was the warmest on record and the driest since 1964, no wonder the plants are confused:-)

Many thanks for visiting and a Happy New Year to you!


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homesteadpatch 4 years ago from Michigan

Things have been unseasonably warm stateside as well. But we haven't seen any flowers yet!


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NotTooTall 4 years ago from The Land of Pleasant Living

Hi Movie master,

Happy New Year! My goodness . . . what a treat to see Daffodils blooming so soon. They are eager for spring, for sure!

Thanks for sharing. :)

N T T


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi cclitgirl, we have been enjoying the mild winter after the last two very cold ones, but a lot can still happen in the next couple of months!

Many thanks for your comments, take care MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Homesteadpatch, it seems a lot of us have been experiencing a mild winter, the flowers were quite a surprise!

Thank you for your comments, best wishes MM


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

We have had an exceptionally warm winter but today is very bitter and windy. I haven't seen any blooms though. It is odd indeed to see them in January. I have a photo I took several years ago of daffodils frozen and coated in ice. I hope that does not happen to yours.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi NTT, thank you - those daffodils certainly brightened my day! enjoy yours and many thanks for your comments, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Hyphenbird, what a coincidence, today is the coldest we've had in weeks! the next couple of months can be very cold, so I will be keeping an eye on the daffodils if they forcast snow I will have to pick them! thank you for visiting, best wishes MM


Poetic Fool 4 years ago

MM, we had a warm Christmas this year as well. Though not uncommon here in Southern California, it still confuses mother nature a little with the plants thinking it is spring. Thanks for sharing.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

The winter is very warm here in Sweden too, and so far we have no snow. But it looks like some snow and storm are coming this way tomorrow and luckily I have not seen any Daffodils yet! But just the photos of them makes me glad! Thanks for sharing, and I will take on your challenge about unusual sightings when I see one! Great idea, since the weather seems to be a little upside down!

Tina


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

There is nothing in bloom here and it's snowing now. Spring Spring please come soon! Your picture of the D was lovely..Thank you..


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anglnwu 4 years ago

We have been having temperatures in the 70s and 80s in the winter and that's exceptionally delightful. The daffodils must be such a treat on a winter's day. What's that again?? sounds like a good project for all hubbers. Rated up.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Its been extremely mild here in Oregon this year and our poor ski mountain has had so little snow that revenues are way down. :( Love the idea of the "what's that again" hub. Think I have a few good ideas... Happy New Year!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Poetic Fool, I think this mild weather is confusing us and mother nature, I suspect we'll all be caught out with a cold spell this month!

Many thanks for visiting, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Tina, You have probably got some snow by now...

The daffodils are such a lovely happy reminder of spring, I will be tempted to rescue them if the temperatures drop!

Thank you for your comments, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ruby, it sounds as though you are in the minority - most of us are having mild weather!

Take care, keep warm - MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi anginwu, yes, those daffodils were a real unexpected treat - the day was so dull and cold!

Sounds as though you are enjoying a nice mild winter too!

Thank you for visiting, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Steph, the mild weather must be a big disappointment for all the skiers and local businesses.

We will look forward to your hub!!

Thank you for your comments and wishing you a very Happy New Year, best wishes MM


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Hi MM - a Happy New Year to you and yours - hope 2012 will be a good one for you!

How awesome is that? 'Daffies' in January!!! Have the yellow beauties beaten the Snowdrops and Crocus? There is nothing more heartening than to see our beautiful flowers and other plants come back into life after a dark, cold winter!

Your challenge is an excellent one. Alas I have no camera to call my own at the moment - I'm working on it -but I really look forward to the hubs that will rise to this wonderful challenge!

Great hub + voted up awesome!!

Ps - Oh forgot to say - many congratulations on getting into the top 100 for new hubbers! You deserved it and well done!


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Thank you for sharing some of your Holiday moments, and wishing you, and your loved ones a wonderful 2012. God Bless You.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

MM, that is a great idea. Hard to believe that they are already coming out. It has been a weird winter here in the states as well. Has me thinking about all that 2012 stuff. Happy New Year to you and best wishes.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

I love Daffodils...and isn't Mother Nature Grand...What a Treat Indeed to Celebrate the New Year of 2012, enjoyed your Hub Movie Master. A very Happy, Healthy, New Year, my friend.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

As much as those daffodils surprised you, they are probably in for a surprise themselves. We had a tree bud out early one time because of unseasonably warm weather. When we finally thawed out later the tree did not bud out again. Almost like getting caught with its pants down.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Leave it to you MM to bring us Spring on January 2nd. If people accept the challenges, they should link back to this hub.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Seeker7, those daffodils were a real surprise, I walk past them every day now, they are sunshine on a dull day!

Many thanks for your comments and votes and thank you for your congratulations on my being in the top 100 hubbers! I had no idea and have been jumping up and down in delight ever since!

I have just checked out the list, congratulations to everybody and thank you to everyone who voted for me and a big well done to Homesteadbound!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Stars, thank you so much for visiting and your kind wishes, take care and best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ricky, it's beginning to feel as though we have gone from autumn to spring!

I hope all is well with you and wishing you a very Happy New Year.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi b.Malin, Mother nature never fails to amaze and surprise us! many thanks for visiting and your good wishes, they are much appreciated!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Homesteadbound, we really haven't had a winter here yet, I think a lot of the plants are going to get caught out!

Congratulations on being top hubber of 2011, it's so well deserved, I am absolutely delighted for you, well done!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mike, I aim to surprise and delight and I thought daffodils on January 2nd fitted the bill!

I thought RTalloni's idea was brilliant, it would be great to see some 'surprise' photos from around the world!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

The seasons are all over the place and have vbeen for a little while now.

Our primroses only flower in the spring usually but since last spring they have not stopped flowering and still have flowers on them.

A great hub M M and has to awarded an up up and away.

Take care my friend and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Eddy, the seasons are certainly messed up, my neighbour still has geraniums flowering in her garden!

Many thanks for your visit and votes and have a wonderful day!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Last year at this time we were covered in snow. It is definetly warmer this year. In fact the parsley I planted last summer is still growing. But that's all that is growing. :) Lovely to see the daffodils and your photography is magnificent as usual.

Happy New Year, my friend! Voted up.

vocalcoach~


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Audrey, it's lovely to see you - we had snow too this time last year, this January couldn't be more different, the daffodils were a lovely surprise!

Wishing you a very Happy New Year, many thanks for the votes and take care MM.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Hi Lesley. Down under too I had daffs in the middle of winter. The weather is certainly confusing things

Happy new Year


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Rosemay, it seems the strange weather and the confused plants are global!

A very Happy New Year to you too!


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thebluestar 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

Hi Lesley, how lovely to see the first signs of Spring, (although realistically we all know it is due to the warm autumn and winter so far). I have a flower pot in the front garden with daff bulbs taken from my dads grave when they got out of hand, and yes, they too are in full bloom. It warms my heart to think that Spring approaches just around the bend. Thank you for shairing hunnie. Net:)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Annette, it's nice to see you and a very Happy New Year!

The first daffodils are such a heartwarming sight, yes spring is just around the corner!

Enjoy your day and take care, Lesley.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I see that your grass is still green along with your blooming daffodils.

Our winter in Houston has been very mild so far. Have only had to throw old sheets over the tender plants a couple of times so far when we had frosts or freezes predicted. For many hardier plants this is not even necessary. Now that the deciduous trees have lost most of their leaves, they are hard to tell from all the dead ones caused by the severe drought. Texas lost about 10% of all of their trees this year! Tree companies will be kept busy for some time cutting all of them down.

Like your idea for a hub and well deserved congratulations for making it into the top 100 new hubbers category.


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

What a delightful surprise - daffodils in January! So beautiful. Love the picture and love your hub. What a great challenge to put out there. I hope a lot of people take up that challenge and give us lots of delightful surprises.


girltalksshop 4 years ago

It has been a rather mild winter in our neck of the woods too. My poor little Martha Washington rose, hung in there longer than expected. I cut it and brought it in the house, cause I couldn't stand to see it all alone outside. Loved your hub. Useful and great! : )


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Peggy, Apart from a couple of frosts we haven't really had a winter yet, but who knows what January and February may bring!

10% is a staggering amount of trees to lose, that was quite a drought!

Thank you for your congratulations, I was absolutely delighted and honoured to be in the top 100 and am so grateful to everyone who voted for me.

Thank you for visiting and your comments and a very Happy New Year!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Phyllis, the daffodils were a lovely surprise on a cold, dull day!

Yes, let's hope we will see some great surprising photos!

All the very best to you and thank you for visiting.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi girltalksshop, it's nice to see you, reading about your rose made me smile, just the sort of thing I would do!

Thank you for your lovely comments, have a wonderful day, best wishes MM


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi MM

Daffodils in January, beautiful. :-)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sue, I've never known it before!

I went for a walk yesterday, it was so mild I didn't need a coat!

Thank you for dropping by and your comments, have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley.


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

My best New Years wishes to you in return, dear MM.

Oh boy, those daffodils are sure confused. Our weather here is a bit off track also with much cooler days than we would normally be experiencing in Summer. Seems our warmth has headed north into your hemisphere!!!

Am working on a hub currently that might meet your challenge. Will definitely link it back to here!!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Fennelseed, although last year the average temperature for the year was the highest since records began where we live in the midlands, the summer wasn't very special at all, but the mild winter and spring flowers in January is making up for that!

I will look forward to reading your hub!

All the very best to you, take care, Lesley.


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2uesday 4 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

It is amazing to see your photo of these in bloom this early in the year, whatever happened to the seasons? We too have had mild weather and primroses are in flower in a sheltered corner of the garden. Thank you for sharing your pleasant surprise with us.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi 2uesday, I have never seen daffodils in January before, they were a lovely surprise and you have primroses! the seasons have certainly gone a bit crazy!

Thank you for visiting, best wishes.


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

You do write some beautiful hubs and take lovely photographs.

l am quite useless with a camera, so admire you all the more.

Well done again.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Dim, thank you for visiting and your wonderful complimentary comments, they are much appreciated!

Best wishes Lesley

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