With frosty minus seven degree nights, cold windy days where the windchill factor barely registered above zero and several falls of snow here in Orange it has appeared at times winter might never end.
But in the midst of drought the first signs of spring, daffodils poking their little yellow heads out of the ground, are begin to show.
And while most residential gardens are still bare, you can look to the many roundabouts around Orange to find the bulbs appearing.
However, while the days will get warmer there is no prospect of much rain with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a dry spring.
And before you know it, summer will be here, and the bats will be back.