The first snows of Winter are forecast for tonight and tomorrow here along the Eastern side of the country. Certainly the temperature has dropped - it is only just above freezing. The sky has been leaden all day but now, as evening approaches, it has cleared and there is a watery sunset.
I love to look out on snow - don't we all - but really as one gets older it is a real nuisance. Walking in it is difficult and the intense cold is harder to bear.
This morning the farmer and I have been down to our Feed Merchants in Masham, ten miles away, to stock up in case there is a real spell of truly bad weather. The first thing we bought was a 25kg sack of potatoes for ourselves - jacket potatoes done in the Aga, swathed in butter and served with plenty of salt, is my idea of heaven on a cold day. Then we stocked up on hen food, food for the farm cats and dogs and plenty of wild bird food. Now, whatever the weather throws at us, we are prepared.
I read in the Times that the owls in the West Country are dying because the flood water has made it impossible for them to find enough to eat. The same thing will happen all down the East of the country if this forecast snow moves in. Life can be so cruel and wildlife has really had to struggle for the last year. Let's hope that 2013 is a year of better weather.
Tess and I went for our usual walk. The farmer has spent the afternoon gathering up the briars he has been cutting off the hedges all week and at the beginning of next week he will burn them on a bonfire. He has always been one for keeping the farm neat and tidy I am pleased to say.
If you are in a cold area, keep snug and warm. Have a good week-end.
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