Friday, 11 March 2011
I thought you would like another walk around the fields as I haven't posted one lately. It is a sunny but very cold and blustery day so I wrapped up well. Tess, of course, needs no wrapping up at all in spite of being recently cut - she just doesn't seem to notice anything but rabbits.
The weather forecast here is for a wet and windy weekend, but for Scotland, not so very far away, heavy snowfalls and a little dusting on the tops on the Pennines, so we might see Pennhill iced from our kitchen window in the morning.
There was little change in the countryside as we walked round. Dry days meant the land dried a little, then wet days made it wet again. None of the bushes and hedges are anywhere near in leaf. The beck is quite full of water and our little waterfall is flowing nicely. The field beyond the waterfall does not belong to us and is - in the farmer's view - rather neglected. I rather like it because it does mean that there is often more wildlife in it. Last week our neighbouring farmer heard two foxes barking late at night - one in his field and the other in the field in the photograph. Wish I had heard them - although I don't want Mr Fox anywhere near my hens, or my Buff Orpington cockerel, who has settled in very well by the way.
I shall not complain about the weather - anything is better than the terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We must all hope that the tsunami is not high enough to engulf those Pacific Islands which lie low in the water - it doesn't bear thinking about. Nature can be so cruel at times. At least Japan, like New Zealand a few weeks ago, is a rich country and can summon aid to help its citizens - unlike places like Haiti and Pakistan, where thousands are still suffering the effects of nature doing its worst.