Yes, although there is a lot of cloud about, it is really quite warm outside. There is a definite feeling that Spring is around. I went into the yard just as the farmer let the cows out into the collecting yard so that he could give them more bedding. The minute they came out their noses went up in the air, they were restless and they began to moo! They can smell the grass and they want to be out in the fields. They are all 'in calf' and shortly to produce their offspring, so I doubt they will go out until after that. Our farmer neighbour, whose cows they are, collects them and takes them back 'home' about a fortnight before their due date.
All the sheep are now gone. There was a lone one wandering the fields but we found out who it belonged to and the farmer came and collected it over the week-end. Now the grass can all grow - in the meadows for the first cut silage and in the pastures for the influx of sheep and lambs and young cattle, which will come towards the end of May.
There is a problem with that pheasant's nest in our front garden, under the New Dawn climbing rose. There appear to be two hen pheasants laying eggs in it as the eggs are increasing by two a day instead of one. Already there are eighteen eggs there - too many to be successfully raised. I just slipped quietly out of the front door to take a look and several of the eggs are brown which I think suggests a rogue hen but the farmer insists that pheasant eggs do vary in colour. So watch this space for developments.
And no, to everyone who asked, none of the bunnies in our fields have brought chocolate for Easter. I am not too keen on eating chocolate anyway, so I have forgiven them. Cro (Magnon's Meanderings on my side bar) suggests that Rabbit Pie on the menu would be the answer. I used to love it but somehow have gone off the idea over the years.
My new header was taken on Easter Saturday, April 19th. Glorious blue sky.