Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Yet another day of it.

Yesterday both the farmer and I were at the Physiotherapist for our six - weekly manipulation.   With the farmer it is shoulders, so that he has little after effects.   With me it is knee and ankle which means that for a day or two I am hobbling about like an old woman (don't even think it, let alone say it) - you have to get worse before you can get better, so to speak.

So today it has meant hobbling round the supermarket and then having a shorter walk with Tess.   But all this seems quite unimportant, trivial in fact, when put against the fact that for the third day running it is wall-to-wall sunshine and although the temperature is only seven everything in Nature is pretending it is Spring already. (a month to the first day of Spring, so anything can happen in between - and probably will).

Going to the supermarket, the views over the Vale of York were magnificent; the silver birches on the road side looked ready to burst into leaf (yes, I am imagining it) and the deciduous larches were beginning to change colour, as was the willow.

On my walk half an hour ago I heard a blackbird, a robin and various tits singing, along with the trilling voice of the chaffinch; they are all making the most of the weather too.

In the garden this morning's sun has brought out the first of the species crocus sent to us some years ago by our friends in the Netherlands, F and R, and walking through the front garden I see that many of the tulips they sent are already poking through too.
The Winter jasmine is coming into bloom, and I can really say that three days of sunshine has made everyone and everything feel better.

They are re-surfacing the road into our little market town and they have scraped the old tarmac off and heaped it into the yard of our neighbour, who is a haulage contractor.   He will no doubt deliver it on to various people in need of the stuff.    The farmer is certainly in need of some to re-surface the track down our big pasture.   So this afternoon he is going to go round and load some up on to his trailer and get on with the job while it is dry.   But first he has to empty the culvert in the yard where our friend washes down his lorries every day.   The lorries get filthy, particularly at the time of the year when the roads are so dirty - and every morning these lorries go out in an immaculate condition, which means lots of washing down.  So the farmer and the contractor decided to exchange cleaning the culvert for a load of tarmac to tidy up the track.   This is the kind of transaction I like - it is called being good neighbours.  

13 comments:

Denise Nesbitt said...

It is very very cold here Pat and misty - an icy type of fog. Had to nip to Saltburn this morning - saw something which reminded me of you!
Watch out for the postman!

Dxx

Gwil W said...

It's snowing here, but it's that nasty wet snow and it's coming on a stiff westerly breeze.

Sod it, I'm still going for my daily run.

Golden West said...

I was so surprised that you have curlew there, Pat - I thought they were strictly beach creatures!

Reader Wil said...

I admire you, that in spite of the sore knee you do so much work! But it's wonderful that you enjoy the signs of spring! In my small backyard there are already a few snowdrops poking out of the soil.
I hope that your knee and ankle will soon be less painful.

Crafty Green Poet said...

It's been cold here recently but lovely and sunny and the snowdrops are out!

Heather said...

We have had a beautiful day too, and what a difference it makes. I wonder how long it can last?
It is such a blessing to have good neighbours.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Sunny and chilly day today - but we are staying in - Don has unfortunately contracted a coughing cold.

Cloudia said...

"The Winter jasmine is coming into bloom, and I can really say that three days of sunshine has made everyone and everything feel better."

This, and neighborly cooperation is what I shall gratefully take from your post today. Oh, and the chaffinch :-)


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Pam said...

Bad health has made me wind down a bit Pat, but I am amazed, reading this how wonderfully active you and your neighbours are, in spite of injuries - from washing down lorries, to carting, farming, toiling away in all sorts of weather conditions. You sound a very fit farming community - and a lovely supportive one.
I very much enjoy your descriptions of the English landscape and changing seasons.

Em Parkinson said...

My partner and I both have shoulder problems and used to have mutual physio appointments too!

The weather is such s boost to the spirits isn't it? Unfortunately it's gone all foggy and horrible here today. I hope your's is still good but I have my doubts....

Dave King said...

I have to admire the way farmers turn their hands to so many jobs that would seem to have very little to do with farming.
Sincerely hope you won't be hobbling for too long.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I said it was too good to last - two degrees, cold, cloudy and with a stiff wind today - but can still remember yesterday and that glorious sunshine. Thanks for visiting.

Bovey Belle said...

Keith was at the Physio yesterday: not sure what shoulder problem is - a tear or inflammation. Here's an exercise sheet, bye-bye . . .

Sunshine wonderful. Bitterly cold east wind - NOT!