This time last week, West Bromwich Albion were in Florida, soaking up a bit of sunshine-and escaping the subzerotemperatures in the Black Country.
They returned to find the Midlands colder than when they left it, forcing the players to train one day this week at an indoor sports hall in Walsall.
Birmingham City, their local derby opponents on Sunday, were a lot better off.
Blues had the option of being able to disappear inside the purpose-built domed, astroturfed arena that they have had built at great expense at their Wast Hills training ground. That is a facility that Albion manager Bryan Robson wants to see at his club's Walsall Road training complex.
"It is certainly an advantage," said Robson. "We're looking to get planning permission from Walsall Council to have an indoor facility of our own with Astroturf but then you look at the facilities they've got at Arsenal and Manchester United and they're another league up again. They've both got undersoil heating on their main training pitches."
An easier solution to the age-old problem of playing football in the depths of winter, the Albion boss acknowledges, is simply not to have to play at all at this time of year.
Robson is all in favour of winter breaks. In principle, that is, given the fact that the cold weather seems to strike at a different time every winter.
"I'm generally in favour of a winter break, but it's difficult to schedule. You just don't know when the bad weather's going to come and if you get postponements, you could find yourself in a lot of trouble."
Instead, Robson, like many another Premiership manager with time on his hands following an FA Cup exit, has settled for another sort of winter break. Just how positive an effect Albion's trip last week to Orlando will have on their season can only be gauged by their results over the coming weeks.
"I'd obviously have preferred to have stayed in the Cup to keep the lads occupied," said Robson.
"There's nothing you can do about the way fixtures get changed because of Cup ties, so there's no point moaning but, when you get to this stage of a long, hard season and the weather forecasts are poor, a change of scene and environment can perk the lads up and kick them on.
"Every team wants to get away. I know from talking to people at Blackburn Rovers that they were gutted because they lost a trip to Dubai, as they were involved in their Cup replay this week with Burnley.
"But the trip we had was very good. I really feel that the lads have got a lot of benefit from the experience and it has helped them bond.
"We stayed at the Wide World of Sports at Orlando, which is part of the Disney complex and although the weather wasn't as nice as I was hoping for - I was really looking for the lads to get a bit of sun on their backs - the training facilities were excellent.
"I let the lads go off after training to do a few of the pleasure parks in the afternoon, which was good.
"That's something you can't do when you go to Spain or Portugal and there's not much to do, other than sit in a restaurant all afternoon and get a bit bored.
"And there was great interest for the lads because the Atlanta Braves baseball team were at the same complex, which was their summer camp ahead of their season and it was really interesting to see some of their training."
With Albion having topped up on winter fuel, now comes the hard part - hoping their five-day refresher course in Florida acts like an antifreeze on their unwanted spot of bother at the wrong end of the Premiership.