Does anyone else find it quite refreshing that we are having quite a 'proper' Winter this year? For the last few years our Winters have been mild and damp - what they call 'muggy' up here in Yorkshire. Now this year the season seems to be on time. The aconites are in full bloom, snowdrops - on the farm they were quite often out by New Year- are only just into full bloom here and even the early miniature daffodils are just coming through.
Driving out for lunch today it was good to see Canada Geese in quite significant numbers in some of the damp fields. When we returned they had gone - presumably up the Dale into Wensleydale, where they tend to congregate in large flocks each Winter.
On my morning walks with Tess I pass a hedge of hazel. The catkins are not even beginning to 'break out' yet although I suspect if I went back to the farm where there is a sheltered hedge of hazel, it might be a different story. And one week of warmer weather would, I am sure, be enough for everything to put on a spurt.
Do you give on a regular basis to charity? If so, then like me I expect you have been both shocked and disillusioned by the revelations of the past few days. It begins to look as though the problem may well not just be with Oxfam and I am sure that all the large charities will suffer greatly as many people withdraw their support. The whole problem also is that many of these organisations do pay their Heads rather large salaries which again makes one question giving. And yet seeing the people in areas where help is so desperately needed just makes the decision of whether to withdraw support or not even harder. I suspect that by the time we get to the end of next week we shall have read much more about the whole thing.
Another week starts tomorrow - another week of wintry weather forecast - but at least a week that includes Shrove Tuesday - pancake day. Our little gang is planning to go out for lunch on that day - a lunch of streaky bacon, pancakes and maple syrup. Can't be bad. Enjoy the week whatever you may be doing - and wrap up well to keep warm.