Sunday - brilliant sunny day; Monday - thick, chilly fog;
today - lovely sunny day again. Yesterday and today we had appointments at the hospital (all is well) which meant the same drive twice over.
Everywhere is beginning to look as though it is waking up. Snow drops and aconites are out everywhere -oh yes, the sun definitely bringing them out. It is actually 8 degrees today - the warmest (relatively speaking) for a long time.
It is not just the farmer and I who are noticing it. The cows are getting itchy feet. It happens every year. Two days of sunshine, a slight smell of the grass growing and they want to be out there. If the loose housing gate was left for a moment I know what would happen - they would be off down the field like rockets, tails up in the air, churning up the grass and flinging mud everywhere. The farmer and his dog would hotfoot it behind and there would be a few choice words.
The sheep, on the other hand, munch on, and seem to be oblivious to the sunshine. Later on - perhaps the middle of March, they will begin to be restless and ready to get back on the tops. These are last years lambs and so they will not be lambing themselves this year.
At present a state-of-the-art slurry machine (driven by a contractor) is spreading slurry on our fields. The machine is huge - very wide with about thirty tubes sticking out of it and a two mile long pipe connected to the slurry tank so that there is no need for back and forth journeys. I was hoping for a photograph but he seems to have gone for now. In any case, to make a real impression it would
need to be a smelliegraph, to coin a new word.