The first 'real' taste of winter that we have had for several years has hit the country hard over the past couple of days and large parts have seen quite a lot of snow. So far it has missed us here in the Dales.
Because the farmer is not one hundred percent at the moment he has not ventured out in the bitterly cold weather any more than he has had to. Once the wild birds are fed, the farm cats are fed, the pregnant cattle are silaged and bedded down, the sheep have been looked at (he kills two birds with one stone and walks Tess at the same time) and the logs for the wood burner have been brought in, he brings himself in for the rest of the day.
I have had a busy afternoon - hairdresser, shopping for groceries for the weekend, collecting prescriptions from the surgery and finally driving to my Physiotherapist for a forty minute session - I arrived home at tea time just about exhausted. One the way home, coming through a village with a thirty mile an hour limit, I accelerated just before reaching the sign to tell me it was no longer necessary to stick to 30mph and had reached about 35mph before I noticed a speed Police vehicle on the side of the road. So now I have a wait to see whether or not I get a speeding fine. Then, just as I turned into our land I hit and killed a cock pheasant. This is a first for me as I always try to avoid them. Sadly the local landowner had had a shoot today (I had seen all the cars on my way to the Physio) so this poor pheasant had managed to escape the guns, only to be killed by me. Not sure whether the speeding or the killing of the pheasant upset me the most.
Now we are snug and warm. the wood burner is chugging away and we are set to play Rummikub.
All the curtains are drawn so if it snows we will not know until we draw them back in the morning.
I am thinking of the poor folk down the East coast who are being warned about an exceptional high tide. I vividly remember the time when the coast of Lincolnshire was flooded and I believe around three hundred people were drowned. Much of the land is reclaimed land and is very low-lying. I believe the year was around 1957. Hope to goodness it doesn't happen again tonight.