It is a glorious early autumn day in the orchard of Gloria's stunning home in Troway, a hidden gem of a hamlet in North Derbyshire just four miles from junction 30 of the M1. The sun is shining through the laden plum trees and thoughts of snow drifts are far away.
When I query her prediction, she tells me to look at the bees. Hundreds of them are busy blocking up a gap in the bottom of one hive. "I have never ever seen them do that before in 50 years of knowing about bees. They know something we don't know," says 65-year-old Gloria.
Gloria may be eccentric with her wild hair and bright lipstick, from which she is never separated, but the microbiologist knows a thing or two about bees.