Monday, 14 March 2016

Spring.

Yes, you can smell it in the air today.   Alright, there is a chill breeze blowing but the sky is blue, the sun is shining and everything is beginning to wake up.

I decided that the weather was good enough for me to take Tess for her lunch time short walk.   We went up the lane and down the pasture.   This 'cam' (a local word which means a hedge which because of various tree falls etc. has just become a line suggesting where there might have been a hedge at one time) cuts across the pasture.   It was once three small fields but is now one large one delineated by these ancient cams.  This one is a mixture of old hawthorns, an ash tree and a couple of crab apples.

I stopped when we got to the large manure heap put there last week when the farmer cleaned out the over-wintering in-calf cattle.   It will stay there now 'maturing' until the land is dry enough for it to be spread.   I must say that judging by the state of the grass today (very wet and muddy) it will not be any time soon.


In the distance the village lies over the fields, perhaps a mile round by the road but only three fields away - or a very short distance as the crow flies.  (and there are plenty of them about).
By the back door the primroses definitely think it is Spring.

15 comments:

FAST SOS said...

some great photos there, love the scenery in the background as you look across the fields, what a beautiful place to live

Wilma said...

A fine day with such lovely views. Well, maybe the manure pile doesn't count as lovely, but the rest sure does. Cheers!

Doc said...

Spring has definitely sprung here as well. I will be in the greenhouse all day filling seed trays

angryparsnip said...

I really enjoy walking the field with you and Tess.
You live in a most beautiful place so very different from the desert I live in.

cheers, parsnip

Derek Faulkner said...

A gale force E wind and sunshine here on Sheppey today, is certainly drying the ground out fast.

Heather said...

Beautiful photos - I love those little old trees making up the cam. We are enjoying fine weather too though the wind is still chilly. At least the ground will have a chance to dry out, then we can get out and work in the garden and the farmer can get on with his muck spreading.

donna baker said...

Beautiful. Hailstorm yesterday and 83 degrees today. Spring has sprung.

Penny said...

Still looks pretty wet to me.

Mac n' Janet said...

It's definitely looking springlike in your part of the world, doesn't it feel good.

Frances said...

Weaver, there is something about the trees and colors in your first photograph of the cam that reminds me of some Pissarro paintings that I love.

I'm glad to learn that Tess has forgiven all involved in her dental appointment, and consented to enjoy that beautiful spring day with you.

Thank you so much for sharing springtime in Yorkshire with us.

xo

Cro Magnon said...

I believe that Hawthorne was introduced to Blighty by the Romans as a hedging plant. Looking at your trees, I wouldn't be surprised if they're some of the originals.

Librarian said...

When I walked to my parents' place for lunch last Friday, I was happy to see a few trees in bloom in people's front gardens. And during a walk on Sunday, we came across many Hawthorn hedges on the fields covered in their pretty, tiny white blossoms. It was a lovely sight but surprised me, as it is still so very cold here, with frosty nights around freezing points.
But when the sun is out during the day and has had some hours to warm up the land, it definitely feels like spring is just round the corner!

thelma said...

Enjoyed the photos, there is definitely a feeling of spring in the air, the birds are singing happily away, the rooks are nest building, all that is needed is to get rid of the water that lies so close in the fields.

potty said...

It was so pleasant out this am that I let the dog off the lead for a run. Normally he's back fagged out after 30 mins but today 2 hours. Having made the decision to get home and return to the usual place with the car, I walked back and said to my neighbour that I'd lost the dog. He pointed behind me and there was a filthy dog just behind me. Dog's dinner and a strong coffee later, we gave him a shower. He is now basking in the sunshine. All's well with the world again.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Potty - you couldn't let your dog off the lead up here and leaveit torun on its own. There are too many lambs about and it is in a dog's nature to chase them/ Caught chasing lambs and the farmer is within this rights to shoot it.
Cro - some of our hawthorne trees are certainly very old - not sure they are that old though!
As some of you say - the ground is still very wet . And today there is a kind of sea fret (we are thirty miles or so from the North Sea) andit is bitterlycold.
Thanks to everyone for calling in.