The weather is really contrary today. One minute it is blowing a gale and pouring with rain; a couple of minutes later and the sun is shining and the wind has dropped to little more than a breeze. So far we have had well under an inch of rain, which is bearable. But the forecast for tomorrow is for more of the same, so the farmer has decided not to walk with his winter walking group. It will be wet and slippery underfoot apart from anything it might be throwing down from the sky.
Last night I watch Ben Fogle on Channel 5 with a couple and their children, who had opted out and were living in Devon on a smallholding. I found it fascinating but the farmer fell asleep after the first ten minutes. I have given him stern warnings about what will happen if he does that when we next go out.
These warnings included creeping out, driving home in the car and leaving him stranded (he knows I won't do this as I hate driving in the dark and am really very dangerous trying to do so).
I can't help wondering what the weather is doing further North and West - conditions were expected to be very bad. Certainly I have heard reports that our rivers are well up on yesterday here in the Dales. Luckily we have only a short distance to travel into our little market town and no river near, so at least we can go that far. Any futher and, if the rivers rise further, we shall be curtailed.