Monday, 6 April 2015

A Good Easter for a change.

How long is it since we had an Easter when the weather was really lovely?   Certainly it is a few years.  It is really Spring-like - warm, sunny, cloudless, windless and daffodils opening before your eyes.
How good it makes us all feel.

The farmer has resumed work today in spite of it being Easter Monday.   He has so much to do and at last it is dry enough for him to get on the land.   Today he has collected all the piles of sticks and put them ready on the bonfire so the fields are now ready for whatever treatment he intends to give them - fertilising, manuring, finishing harrowing.

One day this week the sheep are going back on to the top of the Buttertubs Pass.   They are hefted sheep and spend their winters with us and their summers up there on the high pastures.  They know exactly where their pastures are and don't stray far away.

Their going will leave all our fields empty and give the grass a chance to grow ready for the meadows to be made into silage and the pastures to received the milking cows once they are let out.

We have had friends staying all week end, friends from The Lakes.   They have just gone off on their return journey home - and what a delightful journey it will be through the sunny villages and  high Pennines. There has been no time to blog, but we have all had a jolly time with lots of laughs and lots of good food - diet starts  tomorrow.

13 comments:

angryparsnip said...

Famous last words...
Back to the diet tomorrow.

cheers, parsnip

Rachel said...

I am glad you had a nice Easter. It has been very cold here and we have not seen any sun. At least it was dry.

Cranberry Morning said...

Yeah, I get it about the diet. Back on today. :-) Love the header. The Yorkshire Dales AND a German Shepherd? Two of my favorite things!

simplesuffolksmallholder said...

Sounds like a good time was had over Easter. Sadly our weather down here on the Suffolk coast wasn't good all weekend, no rain but cloudy and cold most of the time

Joanne Noragon said...

We had a beautiful day yesterday, too. In I can't remember when.

Cloudia said...

What a fresh smelling post!


ALOHA from Honolulu,
ComfortSpiral
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Frances said...

Your Easter sounds lovely, and once again I thank you for giving my city eyes a much better understanding of what will not need to be done at your farm as the season change continues.

Getting just a little bit warmer here, too. Best wishes.

Cro Magnon said...

Hot here, and it due to continue. Lovely.

Jane Bellingham said...

What are 'hefted' sheep please? (I'm a townie, not a country girl :) ).

The Weaver of Grass said...

Hefted sheep are sheep which are born and reared on a particular stretch of moorland so that they learn the boundaries of their habitat from their mothers.

Heather said...

Perfect gardening weather though I didn't get as much done as I would have like. At least I have made a good start and it already looks better. Glad your weekend was so good. A spell of fine weather makes such a difference to us all, especially to farmers and growers.

Gwil W said...

It's cold here but we'll get your good weather before the weekend. There are forecasts of temperatures going up to 18c-23c.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks folks all. Lovely to hear from you all.