Looks a bit like our strip here did just before Christmas Mono (complete with swans).
Picture was taken by a (somewhat annoying and smug) 'mate' operating out of a hard strip but amazingly, the waters had receded and the sandy soil drained beautifully in time for us to enjoy a lovely trip out to Cromer in the Jodel on New Year's day.
We still have some impressive lakes on the lower lying parts of the farm though and wondering what if anything we will ever get drilled into those bits this spring.....
In the dry and parched months, ditches and burns become overgrown with vegetation which seriously affects the ability of water to get away. I have a "thing" about field drains and ditches and regularly clear them - shrub root systems will seek out a drain in search for moisture and completely block them. You'd be surprised too at how much water is held back by a little bit of loose weed in a ditch in spate.
Antagonise no man, for you never know the hour when you may have need of him.
But I'm guessing from your sitrep that it's going to be muddy, if not soaking, rather than iciy this year Is the impromptu lake declining ?
Cool. I'm downwind of them for the whole weekend. Looks like I can earn some grumpy farmer pocket money
As for the water receding, no, not really. I've bought some cheap old ice skates on eBay as it looks like there's a cold snap coming in a week. Being so near Thatcham I reckon can sell ice skating sessions to make up the loss of revenue from wheat production.