Another absolutely fantastic Spring day. How quickly the sunshine makes us forget the awful wet weather of the Winter, although of course it will not be like that in the South West, where they will be cleaning up for many months to come.
The bonfire of yesterday is now reduced to a sprinkling of ash in the field. The field looks tidy - and what's more it looks loved. It has not been looked after for years and one reason the farmer bought it when it came on to the market was that it stood between our fields and it really annoyed him to see it so neglected.
This morning he has gone with tractor and trailer the fifteen or so miles to buy stakes and rails - so necessary here to repair fencing before the stock are let out for the Summer.
Now the jobs begin to pile up. There is fertiliser to be spread on the fields, all the grassland needs harrowing, all the fences need repairing, all the 'muck' removed last week from the loose housing, needs spreading. Cattle go out towards the end of April/beginning of May - which will be here before we know it. So it is all stations go.
I meanwhile have been compiling my next Quiz. I produce cryptic quizzes for our local Nature Reserve, in order to raise a bit of money for them. I really enjoy compiling them and we are beginning to get quite a following of folk who enjoy doing them. At £1 a sheet most people are happy to buy one and look forward to a bit of brain work. Wish you all lived near enough to join in.
If it is sunny where you live - soak it up - good for the old bones.