Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Still at it.

An extra early start today as the farmer had to be at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough (forty odd miles away) for 9.30am.  Getting up at 6.30am (the farmer's usual time, but not mine) it was dark, snowing and freezing; although the rooks were already going past the window on their way to the feeding grounds up the Dale (what they will find to eat I don't know under six inches of snow, although the farmer says they will tuck into the sheep feed if they get there first).

I thought the weather bad enough to cancel the farmer's appointment as it was only for a progress report on his balance problems, but he was philosophical about the whole thing and was ready to set off as planned at 7.30am.   I was visualising hold ups, accidents, slippery roads and the like.

Our farm is at around 650feet above sea level.   The weather was coming in from the West and we were going due East.   By the time we had gone five miles East and 250feet lower there was absolutely no sign that there had ever been any snow.   It was a bright sunny morning and a light breeze and we arrived at the hospital in plenty of time.

The farmer's check up was good.   His exercises have improved his balance no end and he now has to go back in three months for stringent balance tests (which he hates).

Coffee and cake in the Costa Coffee Shop (lemon tarts are delicious) and we were ready for the return journey.   Driving back we could see our snow covered hills in the distance and we arrived back just after a blizzard according to the lady in the fish and chip shop where I bought our speedy lunch.

I intended to take a photograph of our crocus-covered village green as we drove through the village.   Well, here are two photographs of the village's Main Street and green - but you will have to imagine to crocus as there is two or three inches of snow covering them.

As I write this three hours later it is snowing again but warm weather is promised for the day after tomorrow lasting into the week--end.  So Spring really is on its way.


12 comments:

mrsnesbitt said...

Our crocuses are up Pat and infact the entire front verge is bursting with potential hosts of colour! Glad all went well.

Cro Magnon said...

Looking at those photos, I can almost feel your weather. Prunus flowers now swelling here, everything is bursting to go.

yael said...

I like your photos and as Cro said we can almost feel the weather, though I never lived with snow around me.

Joanne Noragon said...

The blue sky behind the grand tree is beautiful. The little crocus will be back.

Terry and Linda said...

You weather so mirror's our own. Which I find interesting.

In future I shall think of such scenes here as Granpa Bunny Moments.

Heather said...

Glad the hospital visit went well and I hope the crocus are ready to cheer you all again when the snow has gone.

Twiggy said...

Good news from the hospital.
We have had snow,hail and sun, I've been in and out like a fiddlers elbow with my washing today.
Twiggy

Penny said...

All so different to here, glad the hospital visit went well and hope the crocus show through soon.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks for popping over.

Elizabeth said...

Glad the check up went well!
Pretty snow scene.

Frances said...

How glad you and the Farmer must be to have gotten the good medical report. Also glad that most of your drive was in sunshine. The lemon tart sounds pretty fine, too.

May I thank you again for sharing the pictures of your village's main street. I am beginning to imagine what it will be like as the season changes.

Best wishes!

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