Monday, 10 February 2020

February

'February fill dyke' - not called that for nothing but really there is no need to overdo it is there?   We caught the very worst of the weather up here in July with that horrendous thunder storm in which our little village (only a mile from my bungalow) featured on the National News.   Some of the houses flooded then have still not been fully restored to normality and as the beck swept past their gates yesterday I am sure there was more than one quaking heart.   But boards and sandbags kept the overflowing beck on the road rather than down the drives.   So all was well this time.

Today it is just windy and mostly dull - now and again a brief burst of sunshine, but fleeting.   Well, it is February and for many years this is the kind of weather we would expect.   But contrarily for the last few years it has not been like that, so when bad weather hits, as it has done this week end, we feel badly done by.

The lady who cleans for me rang to say could she come tomorrow instead as one of her grand children was not well enough to go to school, so I seem to have been wandering about aimlessly all day doing more or less nothing.   I have some very busy days coming up so really it has probably done me a lot of good. 

Looking out on the garden snowdrops, crocus and pink hellebores are all flowering away with not a care in the world.   Isn't it good how nature carries on regardless.   As I came back from lunch out yesterday I passed fields full of Swaledale sheep sheltering in the walls and hedgebacks.   What  hardy animals they are.   On Breakfast Television 
this morning Amanda Owen, the Yorkshire Shepherdess, who lives up the top end of Swaledale, was showing rounding up these hardy sheep to bring them down to lower ground.   Not all that long before they lamb - maybe eight weeks at most - out in all weathers and they didnt look all that keen to come down off the tops in spite of seeing the drier grass.   We are a  hardy lot up here.

20 comments:

Heather said...

It's just as well you are a hardy lot after seeing the news. So pleased that those flooded back in July were safe this time. We certainly got off lightly.
Your garden must be looking so pretty, and many more delights to come as the year wears on.

Rachel Phillips said...

Snowing on my drive back from the station just now.

Bovey Belle said...

I don't blame the Yorkshire Shepherdess for bring her breeding ewes down to lower ground. I am guessing February and March can bring a good fall of snow most winters.

Glad you had a rest up today. I had to deal with BT ("fixed" apparently - except I am still back to square one with the wretched set up and so unless it settles down in the next couple of days they will be hearing from me again.

February Fill Dyke indeed - I remember that term of old, and from its appearing on a page in the Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.

Christine Hancock said...

Weather has been frightful, we're fortunate here in Suffolk no damage done.. nature does carry on regardless and your pink hellebore sound just lovely.

Elizabeth said...

I was thinking of you and am so glad it wasn't too bad!
The spring flowers sound lovely. Still winter here.

angryparsnip said...

I have been reading about the storm and hoped no more damage is done.
parsnip

Rambler said...

I've recently been watching programmes covering several seasons in "Life On Our Yorkshire Farm" which features your Yorkshire Shepherdess, Amanda Owen, her husband and their 9 children. So interesting - and such a hardworking family. Even the toddler youngest helps with bottle-feeding the lambs! It's definitely not an easy life up there but they are such a lovely, happy lot.

Joanne Noragon said...

I love hellebores.

Cro Magnon said...

I saw about 10 mins of the Yorkshire farming family recently on TV. What a wonderful family they are; all hard working and happy. An example to us all.

AK Coldweather said...

I just googled Swaledale Sheep. Their curled horns and shaggy coats are beautiful. And the lambs are darling... but what lamb isn't?

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Librarian said...

The storm hit my area not as badly as was feared, but it did do some damage all across the country, and at least one person died (a falling tree hit her). Long distance trains and flights were suspended, and in some parts, schools remained closed yesterday. In my town, no local trains were running until at least 10:00 am - good job I was working from home yesterday anyway.
It is still very windy today, but I guess things have largely settled and I won't have trouble getting to work.

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Catherine said...

The Yorkshire Dales are one of my favourite places in the country. I can remember a few years back driving slowly along the lanes and being amazed at the variety of wild flowers on the banks beside the road.
Sheep farming would not suit me. Out in all weathers and very hard work. I’m hoping we don’t get too much more rain here. The fields are saturated and the Severn is full almost to overflowing again.

The Weaver of Grass said...

If my barometer is to be believed it is getting better by the hour - it has gone up considerably since this morning - let's hope it is telling the truth.

Thanks everyone for calling round.

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