Word has spread around the village today that two Springer Spaniels have run away from their home and are on the loose. They have run away once before and so are usually kept on the lead when they walk, but their owner fastened them together and then let them off the lead for a 'bit of a run' on her walk yesterday. Their bit of a run meant that they ran off and still had not come home this morning.
They could easily have become tangled up in a hedgerow somewhere with that joint lead - and it could lead to a very unpleasant end - I do hope not because Springers are lovely dogs.
But of course my sympathies have to lie with all the local farmers, who have very pregnant ewes in the fields at present, so everyone is keeping a close eye on their flocks today.
A friend with a rabbit problem in her fields has had the 'ferret man' over the week-end and he has caught six adults and plenty of babies. It seems sad to catch and kill the rabbits but around here our fields become overrun with them and as ten rabbits are said to eat as much grass as one cow, we really cannot let them all survive.
The horizon has many plumes of smoke rising up today. The weather is dry and the burning of the ling (heather) is well underway. Heather is burnt in rotation each year to stimulate new growth. It is the staple food of grouse which are plentiful on our moors. They are quite a secretive bird and rarely seen as the heather is such a good camouflage - I have never tasted it but understand that the prevailing taste is of heather!
Tomorrow is the meteorological first day of Spring. Call it that if you wish but I shall wait for March 21st - I may be old fashioned but that is my prerogative and it certainly doesn't feel the least like Spring outside.
So I intend to stoke up the log burner and have a good read once I have read all your blogs and finished my ironing. Sorry I didn't post yesterday but Blogger decided he would have a day off and refused to work for me. He is back to normal today.