Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Busting out all over.

Paul Simon in today's Times speaks of a 'green wave' moving across from the South and gradually moving Northwards. Apparently satellites detect chlorophyll in newly emerging leaves of the plants and trees. I don't think any other season is quite so exciting.

The weather forecast is for it to become a little colder by the weekend and the farmer of course
suggests that it will be really cold for Easter (a typical English Easter is what he actually said) - so we shall see.

But the sun today has brought out so many plants. After lunch I drove into Bedale for a manicure - the blossom trees are in full bloom, the daffodils are out everywhere and the horse chestnut's leaves are open.

Walking round the field with the farmer later in the afternoon, sadly something had pulled out a rabbit's nest and taken the babies. I hope it was a fox but the farmer thought it was more likely to be our farm cats, who are partial to baby rabbit. The rabbit hole is clearly visible, so one can only assume that the nest was fairly near to the surface.

I felt quite sad, but was cheered up by the field gate when I found a branch of blackthorn out - always a joy to see, although 'blackthorn winters' are famed up here, so maybe the farmer is right about Easter after all. Only time will tell.

Geraldine (The Potters House, Penketh) tagged me last week with a list of questions. Someone had tagged her and I must say that her answers were most interesting and told me so much about her. Tomorrow I shall answer her questions so that you know a little more about me and then I shall tag a few people, although whether you take it up or not is entirely up to you of course.

Enjoy the Spring while it lasts.


Heather said...

Another lovely post Pat but sad about the rabbits. Since yesterday our white weeping cherry has come into bloom and each time I go into the garden there seems to be something new to see. The tadpoles are growing apace and are more energetic than ever. The blackthorn has been in flower for a couple of weeks down here and I am very concerned that many things will be damaged if it does turn cold again. Keeping my woollies handy just in case the farmer is right.

Reader Wil said...

Such is life: one animal is the prey of another animal. Always sad to see young animals killed.
Thanks for your comment. The kibbutz were functional in the beginning of the state of Israel, but they are now more like villages with inhabitants who live in their own houses, earn their own money and have their own wishes as individuals.

Crafty Green Poet said...

oh poor bunnies!

Spring is just so wonderful this year isn't it? Everything coming into bloom and the birds singing and dancing constantly.

I agree with your comment on my blog, totally avoid eating anything that has grown in areas where dogs run around!

Dartford Warbler said...

Everything looks green and beautiful here, but we really could do with some rain. The pasture grass is hardly growing. I expect the Farmer will also be looking out for some rain before too long. We need it for grazing and this year`s hay crop, let alone for food crops.

Irene said...

I read each and every post but don't think I've ever commnented and I thought it was about time.

One of my cats came home one night with a baby rabbit so I know how you feel about that. I was pretty disgusted.

I love how everything is turning green. Spring is my favorite time of the year. I don't hope we get a cold spell. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Hildred and Charles said...

It all sounds so nice, Pat, and I am so impatient for warmth and movement towards spring. Sad about the baby rabbits...

Pondside said...

Spring is so beautiful in England! It's finally making a appearance here too.
Sad about the rabbits, but that's the natural world, isn't it?

Tanya @ Lovely Greens said...

My heart goes out to those little bunnies but I suppose that's how nature goes...as long as it was the fox. Cats are terrible at killing wildlife and I'm dreading the day that ours officially comes back with a 'snack'.

Toffeeapple said...

It was beautiful here again and I saw a Brimstone and a Peacock butterfly. So many little creatures flying around the Violets and Rosemary flowers.

I hope it won't get too cold over Easter as I am going for a short break to Scotland.