And please don't even think about coming again another day. We have had quite enough rain so far this year to last us a long time. It has rained here overnight and from ten o'clock this morning. And now at almost seven in the evening it is still pouring with rain. The farmer is feeling much better and is itching to get out and get on with all the jobs he has to do - but it is far too wet to get on to any of the fields.
One extra pheasant egg is appearing each day. She will probably lay a dozen or so before she sits on them. The farmer has spotted one more nesting place. He is very good at spotting them. The pied wagtail pair are nesting under the roof of the silage shed. He has watched them going in and out with nesting material.
Birds really are clever the way they construct their nests aren't they? A couple of years ago the farmer took my camera with him on one of his organised walks and photographed this nest in a piece of old material hanging from a beam in the barn where they had their lunch. I have put it on my blog before but for any new readers I make no excuses for repeating the exercise.
This afternoon I went round to friend M's for the afternoon and we had a lovely chat about this and that and lots of laughs. M is my oldest friend up here - we were neighbours and met the day we moved in more or less. Another friend, G, called in and M made us a cup of tea and we had further chat until it was time for Tess's afternoon walk with the farmer (yes, I am afraid she can tell the time).
Tomorrow friend W and I are off to Kirby Lonsdale to meet our friends P and D for lunch in the Italian - we always have a bet on whether or not we shall be able to see Ingleborough* - more often than not it is covered in cloud. If the weather stays like it is now then I think it is unlikely that we shall see it.
*Ingleborough is one of the 'Three Peaks' - the other two being Pen-y-Gent and Whernside.