We were gardening in the first week of November with balmy temperatures and still plenty of colour. By the second week of the month the weather had changed to storms and wind. The first real frost did not arrive until the 16th of the month, which was quite unusual. In spite of the cold I managed to pick a bowl of raspberries. From the 25th it became very cold and by the last day of the month we had snow, not just a sprinkling but also a heavy fall, which was enough to shut some of the local schools. So altogether it was a very mixed month.