I have come to the conclusion that we are lucky here in The Dales. Every morning I watch the weather forecast and for the last few days the forecaster has said, apologetically, that it will be cloudy everywhere. Somehow we have missed that cloud here in The Dales and each day we have had quite a lot of sun. Not hot of course - it is Winter - but sun and (out of the breeze) warmish. My Gardener even came this morning and did a couple of hours tidying up in my garden - and by golly it looks better for it.
Between us we have decided to plant up the 'empty' section with shrubs. I say 'empty'; those of you who have read my posts over the years will know that one section of my garden is severely infected with the weed Mares' Tail. It has had several sprays with a specialised Weed Killer but to no avail. Reading up about it another suggestion is to plant it with shrubs and just keep hoeing at the weed whenever it shows its face. Should you not be familiar with said weed I will tell you that it is thought to be the 'oldest' weed in history and virtually ineradicable. So watch this space.