Yes, there is no doubt about it, everything and everybody is busy in the countryside at this time of year. There is so much to do, so much to look at, so much to think about - no time for boredom at all.
In March the Lesser Celandine put on a magnificent display of miniature suns, all over our front walled garden. Some might call it a weed - but I like the definition of a weed as a plant that is growing somewhere it is not welcome. Well, I say welcome every year to the Lesser Celandine.
But, sadly, it does outstay its welcome and has, over the past few weeks, become Persona Non Grata as it has taken over the front garden. Every available empty space is now covered in tiny green leaves, shallow rooted but growing fast. So the farmer has been all morning in the front garden with the hoe.
I was watching him from the landing window and I saw what I have suspected for the last week. A blue tit has nested in a hole in the garden wall. There must be babies because mother and father have been so busy all morning, in and out, one after the other with never a pause. It must be so exhausting and they were very aware of the farmer, only yards away, but soon lost their fear in their frantic effort to keep up the feeding.
Yesterday eleven young Holstein heifers came into the field next to the paddock. It is one of the fields rented by our friend and neighbour A. When he brought them yesterday morning a roe deer was feeding mid way down the field. As he let out the heifers from their cattle carrier she saw them as they leapt and careered about for the sheer joy of being let out for the first time this year. She took off like a jet plane, straight down the field, clearing the hedge at the bottom in one leap - and away.
Two pairs of yellow hammers are more or less a constant at our bird table - both Mr and Mrs are there - another case of babies to feed I suspect.
What I want to know is how anyone like me ever gets any work done when there is so much to see from my kitchen window. I think it is a jolly good job I have a cleaning lady and a dishwasher.