Here on the farm there is a raw North easterly wind blowing. The sun is shining but it is pale and watery. Because I have a visitor coming to stay next week, I have done the week's washing today and have just been out to fasten it onto the washing line, so I have put the kettle on to make a cup of coffee and am writing this while the kettle boils.
Most of our animals (other than sheep, of course, who would absolutely hate to be inside - they are bred for the hills and dales) are inside now. Three pedigree British Blue cattle (a relation of the Belgian Blue) still spend their days eating the grass in the paddock, supplemented by a bale of silage, which they eat eagerly. They will be going home shortly. We no longer have cattle of our own, but have them for other people over the Summer months.
The milking herd belonging to our friend and neighbour have also gone in and those in calf spend their waiting time in our loose housing. In deep straw they look so content and comfortable and they have a plentiful supply of silage whenever they choose to eat it, and a new salt lick as soon as the old one wears down.
But the sheep continue to roam throughout our fields, wherever they wish to go - they have to be well fenced in as these are sheep from the tops of the fells and are used to roaming at will. Occasionally they find a way out and wander off into adjoining fields, but as we all watch out for one another round here, they are soon rounded up and brought home.
But one animal - loved by me and hated by the farmer - is out in the open and enjoying the grass. They have even - shock, horror - found their way on to the lawn where the bird feeders are and have discovered a liking for fallen sunflower hearts. Yes - it is, of course, the rabbit. I managed to catch one on camera this morning just before the farmer had time to bang on the window and scare it away. They are such pretty animals - but did you know that ten rabbits eat about the same amount of grass as one cow? You can see why the farmer is not over-thrilled when he sees a rabbit warren in the hedge of the pasture!
Have a nice week-end.