BT has been this afternoon and we are back to normal - the very nice young man who came to finish off the repairs put us a new connection box in, smartened up a lot of useless wires and had us up and running in about two hours. What a long job it has been. Three weeks - two with only intermittent connection and then the last week with no connection.
To those of you who said they would have complained, gone mad, died of frustration and the like - I can only say that I learned long ago that to be like that just makes the situation worse. I have niggled a bit about it, but knew it would get done finally.
So, to today.
Finally Spring is beginning to arrive up here in the Yorkshire Dales. Yes, I know it is only a few weeks to the beginning of Summer (or tomorrow if you take notice of modern thinking), but things always take their time up here, particularly when it has been so very cold, with only the odd warm day thrown in here and there (last Saturday for example).
The dandelions have finished and the buttercups are beginning to carpet the fields, the roadside verges are alive with cow parsley, pink campion and stitchwort. All the hawthorn trees are thick with May blossom and the crab apple trees with apple blossom.
And the birds are now frantically rushing back and forth feeding their young. Today a family of young house sparrows, who were reared in one of our bird boxes, are lined up in a row on a low branch of the tree outside the kitchen window so that mum and dad can easily feed them from the fat balls hanging from the bird table.
Blackbirds and blue tits are in and out of their nests in the front garden, obviously feeding young. House martins are smartening up their nests under the eaves of our farmhouse.
In the field, where the farmer has a stick bonfire of all the wood cleared up after gales over winter,
he dare not light the bonfire because sparrows seem to have built in there. So he has to wait until they are fledged. Then there will be a short window before hedgehogs begin to think of going into it for hibernation!
It is so good to be back to normal - and to be in contact with you all. Hopefully there will be no more hiccups!