Bright sunshine, strong winds, heavy snow showers and bitter cold. Yes, Winter has arrived this morning here in the Yorkshire Dales. And the sheep know it.
First thing this morning the farmer took two silage racks full of fresh silage down to the fields where the sheep are. In order to get at the grass the sheep were having to scratch the snow away - so at last they capitulated - or rather most of them did. The farmer took the camera. Some of the sheep followed the tractor, some completely ignored it. But they will all come round and by lunch time they will all be eating the sheep nuts and the silage.
The snow is set to go quite quickly and very strong winds return, although the farmer says it is not yet above freezing. It is so bad this morning that our newspapers had not come when he went to the shop for them at 7am. He has just gone back again - I am suffering from Times deprivation.
Keep snug and warm.