This morning the weather forecaster said that today was going to be 'the best day of the year so far' and goodness, how right she was. After the early morning fog had cleared it has been a gloriously warm and sunny day (not going to last - rain and wind tomorrow).
After our supermarket run and an early lunch so that the farmer could get on with his slurrying, Tess and I had a leisurely walk round the fields. It was one of those really still and silent days. Even Tess seemed subdued and stayed quite close to me on the whole walk. The rabbits are beginning to be around again. Last Winter, when many of the burrows were flooded out, their numbers went down dramatically. But now new burrows and exciting smells at some of them (see the photo of Tess with her head down one), and evidence of grey fur all over suggest they are nesting again and breeding like ...well, rabbits.
Before long the cattle indoors will begin to smell the new grass growing and get restless. But at present they seem to be content to lie in the straw chewing the cud and enjoying the warm day.
Later on in the afternoon friend G called and together we repeated the walk with all three dogs and although it was beginning to cool off, it was still a lovely walk. I suppose, if there is one thing that can be said of the absolutely awful Winter we have had, it is that it makes every warm sunny day seem even sweeter.