Here we are then - back to normal; all the washing, ironing and putting-away done, cases back in the boxroom, fridge full of eatables again and our Poetry gathering this afternoon. I am putting my post on early as I rather want to watch the ceremony of the Queen and the State Opening of Parliament - really the parade, not the speech, so hope they show some of that.
Animals have started to arrive for our Summer eatage. Yesterday friend and farmer G, brought eleven of his rather hefty young heifers to spend the Summer eating off the grass in one of our large pastures. They are all either Belgian Blue X or Limousin (some cross and some pedigree). These girls, who with the exception of one, are only a year old, are destined to join his suckler herd next year. The one exception was here last year also and mysteriously got pregnant at a very young age (they later realised that one of their young bulls had been kept in the same pen for a few weeks, and had obviously been testing out his 'pulling the girls' skills). She was really too young to calve and lost the calf anyway, but is being given a second chance! At the moment they are rather wild and waiting for the farmer and Tess each morning, to follow them up the field. Tess is very wary and it has definitely interfered with her rabbit-skills (which are pretty rubbish anyway).
In another field our friend and neighbour A has put his very young pedigree Holstein heifers, They are so pretty and so elegant compared with the Limousins (bred eventually for meat rather than milk like the Holsteins).
The blossom is very far behind the blossom in Suffolk last week. Our hawthorn is only just coming into flower and our plantain is absolutely full of bluebells. Today's shots were taken very early this morning by the farmer, so thanks to him.