Wednesday, 15 April 2015


Friend W and I have been to our Exercise Class this afternoon - a class for the over sixties where we exercise our bodies (and our brains)  to music.   Our teacher, S, puts us through our paces and we are at various stages of decrepitude.   Perhaps the most agile of all is our 94 year old W - who skips along like a two-year-old.   W and I have missed three weeks of the class - one because it was our Poetry afternoon and two because of the end of term.   It is good to get back into the routine but by golly all my muscles know about it.

On the farm the farmer has had a break today from his hole-digging
in an effort to complete the second harrowing - I think he has still a few fields left to do.  Then it will be rolling next.

The farmer who rent most of our land intends to let his milking herd out shortly on to our top fields,which fortunately are quite well-drained.   I love to see them on their first foray out, when they kick their heels in joy as they caper about the place, regardless of their age.   They really are the most ungainly creatures, but of course they don't know that do they? 

In the holly hedge around the vegetable garden one or two blackbirds are foraging for worms - a sure sign that the first bird babies are being born.   Now is the time to keep putting out more bird food - the least work the parent birds have to do the more time they have to conserve their energies.   The next few weeks really are a testing time for the bird world.

It is galling to hear that the temperature in London is something like twenty-four degrees today, whereas up here it just about reaches double figures.   There really is a North/South divide today.
But last night was the first night we managed without lighting our wood-burner, so Summer must be on its way.


angryparsnip said...

What a wonderful post today.
I can just picture the cows running around the fields in happiness.
Made me smile.

cheers, parsnip

simplesuffolksmallholder said...

We are in lovely sunshine today too.......sorry. But the wind is due to go round to the East tomorrow and it will be 10 degrees cooler!

Heather said...

So pleased your weather is beginning to warm up. I love the see cows kicking up their heels. It always comes as a surprise to know they can move so fast. We usually just see them crossing a field in a very orderly fashion as they make their way to the milking parlour.
I am exhausted too but only from a bit of gardening and a baking session. I'd like to know the secret of the 94 year old's sprightliness!

Mac n' Janet said...

We're in the mid 80's, too hot for April.

Joanne Noragon said...

I only use the heater in the evening lately. But I need real spring, not this stuff with the cold air defying the sun.

Terry and Linda said...

It's so cold here I had to start the wood stove. And I will probably keep it on all night. Tired of winter.


Cro Magnon said...

The herd of Blonde d'Aquitaines next door have been out for a couple of weeks. They love it, and the horses all watch them as they prance about (they're all youngsters).

thelma said...

Well British weather always loves to keep us on our toes, and we have just lost 10C today down to 15C here in S.E.
Yesterday was too warm when we went for a walk, but did you see 'Secret Britain' about Yorkshire last night Pat?

The Weaver of Grass said...

Oh dear Thelma, sadly we missed the programme.
And Suffolk - I know that dreaded east wind from my lincolnshire childhood - straight from Siberia my father used to say.
Thanks to everyone for calling in.

artydaleslady said...

You're right about W...she puts us all to shame...hope I'm like that at 70, never mind 94!! See you tomorrow. S