Now and again today we have seen the sun and I must say it is beginning to get a little bit of warmth in it. Then, just when you are beginning to get used to it, it disappears behind a cloud and a mist descends -and that is cold.
However, a trip to our Feed Merchants in Masham this afternoon, in the warm car, was pleasant. How long the snowdrops have lasted this year. They were out in early January and they are still out two months later, although at last beginning to fade. I love the way they are scattered on the grass verges around here - often in the middle of nowhere (where people have thrown garden rubbish into the hedge-bottom I hazard a guess).
Daffodils are beginning to come out but are always slow up here.
On the way to Masham we always pass a tiny Roman Catholic Church which is most attractive and always reminds me of France - it has such a French look about it rather than an English look. I'm sorry about the wire across the top of the picture but the farmer just slowed down for me to take it and to take a perfect shot he would have had to stop and I would have had to climb a fence into the field. But you get the general idea!
Now home again, Tess has been walked, the woodburner has been stoked up, the farmer is just going down the yard to shut up the hens (6.45 and just dark) and then we are cosy for the night. As you will see from the photograph, Tess has already chosen her place.
About an hour ago, while we were watching 'Pointless' our television gave up the ghost. So there will be no viewing tonight and as the farmer is walking tomorrow, there will be no viewing over the week-end. Hope we don't get too used to it or we shalln't bother to replace it - it is usually last on our list of things to do anyway. And the News is always so depressing I sometimes think it is better not to watch it - in any case we take The Times and The Yorkshire Post - that tells us all we need to know (and more besides).