After yesterday's snow (see my new header) it has all gone during the heavy rainstorm overnight and the world is bright and clean. The sun is shining and there is a sharp, cold breeze. There were gales overnight and during the evening something fell down the chimney into the 'shelf' of our wood burner. I suspect a piece of the chimney has come off but the farmer just says. 'not to worry' (one of his standard replies), so I am trying not to. Another howling gale is forecast within forty eight hours.
We are lucky in that our farmhouse faces due South, so as long as there is sunshine our house warms up beautifully during the day. It is also very light because of our large bay windows.
The farmer has just passed the hall window with two bales of silage on his tractor to refill the hay racks for the sheep. Once they got used to the idea they attacked the silage with gusto apparently and are already ready for more. Everything eats more in this bitterly cold weather (including humans - this is when the inches go onto the waistline).
This afternoon I shall drive myself into town in the new car. I must take the bull by the horns and get into it and drive it without the farmer by my side for 'comfort'. When I look back to my teaching days and the long distances I drove (into London for courses - driving all the way from Wolverhampton, there and back in a day) I can't imagine how I have become so soft. It is now so long since I drove on the motorway (there are few up here) that I would no longer feel safe. It was comforting to read the replies yesterday when almost everyone said they would not drive when their partner was in the car because he would suggest they were in the wrong position on the road/ in the wrong gear/driving too slow/fast. Seems I am not alone.
Sausage and mash with onion gravy, followed by baked apples, is on the menu for lunch - so I must get it ready. Keep warm.