Spring equinox

At 11.02 GMT today the sun crosses the Equator.

And, for the next six months, the days will be longer than the nights. Spring has sprung and we can finally banish the winter blues.

Well, that's the theory.

In practice, however, the nation continues to shiver beneath several layers of clothing, very little is growing in the ground and our weather forecasts continue to warn of ice, snow and severe wind-chill.

The statistics are even more sobering. So far, March 2013 has been colder than both this winter's December and January.

The average temperature (day and night combined) for the UK this March to date is currently around 3C. It should normally be nearer 6C.

The chill really set in during February, and winter has dragged on ever since.

Here in Cannock i've been starting my regular customers garden maintenance, i have only had to cancel and move one day due to lying snow.

Also, if you're observent, you'll have noticed the Daffodils are absent.

I can remember this time last year, it's all in my last years diary, the weather was splendid and my t shirt was on (probably shorts too).

So hopefully as the days are getting longer the warm weather we all love should be just around the corner.