I hope your homes stay dry down South, I really do. It's bad enough that our Winters are usually dark and wet, but flooding's a whole other thing entirely.
Your Winters sound harsher than ours, but in some ways I think frozen hard is easier than alternating just above and below freezing wet and mud.
At least the daylight will stretch out from now on though
When I came to UK it rained. More than we have here. Here it rains mostly in early autumn until the temperature drops and then only snow. So unlike your land we never get rain in winter. I guess thats why you folk like rubber boots (wellintons?) so much