This year has been a very mild winter. The weather has been continually wet and our garden is completely soggy. The water table is high and the soak away that I built into the garden path by the pond is standing in water. Last year at this time we had sub zero temperatures and snow.
Thankfully, though our house is on clay soil, we are at the top of a hill on high ground. We have not experienced any of the flooding that has occurred elsewhere in the UK this year.