The weather here in the Yorkshire Dales has been, I suppose, very 'Aprilish' these last few days. This afternoon I had several errands in the car and noticed that the temperature on the dashboard indicated that outside in was just nine degrees. Last week at this time it was nineteen.
There is bright sunshine and the leaves are bursting forth on the trees - everywhere is greening up nicely - but there is an icy wind blowing. And living, as we do, in a hilly area, we can see showers coming from a long way away - and today many of them have been of horizontal hail. Many of the peaks on the Pennines in the distance are snow-covered.
Yesterday the farmer rotovated the whole vegetable garden and then planted peas, broad beans, shallots and red onions; luckily he didn't put in the broad bean plants but left them under cover for the night because this morning there was a covering of hail stones.
Today was not really a day for doing a lot on the farm so it was tidying up the shed (always plenty to do in there) and then, after lunch a trip with the tractor and trailer to buy a load of stakes so that he can begin mending fences tomorrow.
It is our Poetry group tomorrow, so I am now going to sit in a sunny window (while the sunshine lasts) and choose what I am going to read. Enjoy your evening.