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.