Saturday and another lovely day. Maybe it is not quite as warm as it was yesterday, but the sun is out and everything is growing.
Because it is the week-end the farmer tends to be less busy and so after lunch he agreed to walk round the fields with me. The truth is that I am not altogether steady on my legs on uneven ground and also whichever way I walk I have to encounter a field of young beast - sucklers who are out without their mothers for the first time ever and thus rather feisty.
We started with a tour of the vegetable garden. You will see in the photograph that everything is netted. This is to prevent wood pigeon attack - in some years we have lost all our small plants to the wretched things, so now we have learned to cover everything up until it is well-grown. Peas, broad beans, cos lettuce, runner beans, beetroot, leeks and onions are all through and are thriving. Gooseberries have set and are starting to fill out and raspberries are coming into flower. One of the apple trees is heavy with blossom while the other one has only one sprig.
Then we set off down the fields. Tess loves this sort of walk best as she doesn't have to be on the lead. The crab apple trees are in full blossom everywhere and look lovely.
We have one very tiny lamb. When it came with its mother and
bigger sister it was not expected to survive. But against all the odds it has done so and although it is very small it appears to be doing well - so fingers crossed.
In the Plantain the blue and pink bells are out. There seems to be more each year which is pleasing as they make such a lovely show.
Coming up the pasture I was pleased to be accompanied by the farmer. We were hassled all the way by these young Belgian Blue cross heifers. They don't actually get close enough to touch you but probably about eighteen inches away and then they follow you all the way up the field. Turn round and go 'shoo' and they tear off at great speed, do an enormous circle and return to where they were.
The farmer takes no notice of them but if I had been on my own I would have been uneasy.
Coming back down the Lane I see the first bit of hawthorn (May) blossom out - on the first of June. That is just about the normal time up here, so you see everything is catching up in spite of the slow start.
It was our village monthly coffee morning this morning. As I am still not driving friend W kindly called for me. As usual it was a lovely occasion to meet villagers and I was glad when one of them told me that she had heard the cuckoo yesterday - as far as I know this is the first time for several years that the cuckoo has been heard in our village.
Sorry about the positioning of the photographs - try as I might they still appear wherever they want to.