Today has been warm, sunny and free of the awful wind that has blighted us all week - a lovely Springlike day. Long may it last, although the forecasters predict it will be shortlived and I can almost count on one hand the number of decent Easter holiday week-ends we have had over the last few years.
Our little market town, only a mile away from the farm, is full today as it always is on holiday week-ends. Already there are caravans being pulled through as people arrive in the Dales for Easter. We have a small site for 5 caravans just down the Lane from the farm and no doubt it will be full by this evening and then there will be no more activity there until the holiday ends.
Once on to the main road then the worst 'culprits' are the motor cyclists - and yes, I know, they have paid their road taxes and are perfectly right to be there and in fact almost all of them are good, steady drivers (one reason being that these flash bikes cost so much that young men with small families just haven't the money to buy them; it is middle-aged bikers on the whole. ) But sadly every year a few are killed in the Dales on the narrow roads, often where there is also farm traffic. And every motor cycle death is a tragedy both for the biker's family and also for the family of the vehicle which kills the biker. Today when I was in town there were streams of bikers passing through.
But in addition we have a lot of holiday cottages around here and there are families on holiday. Many of them bring their dogs so it is not at all unusual to meet the most delightful dogs with their owners - all kinds of breeds. Today I have seen an Airedale terrier (one of my favourite breeds) a couple of Labradoodles (poodle crossed with Labrador) and a beautiful soft grey whippet with lovely gentle eyes.
Naturally, because of the holiday influx, our town has plenty of tea houses (usually full this time of year) and plenty of shops selling the kind of goods suitable for people looking for a present to take back home for someone.
There are drawbacks to all this - for example finding a parking spot becomes difficult, shopping takes longer but on the whole I find it rather nice when the whole town comes alive with visitors. I just hope the weather stays kind to them all.