Needless to say the farmer is wanting to run before he can walk and is champing at the bit to get outside. At least it is too showery and the ground is too wet for him to do much on the land -so that is a help. But he is not a good patient.
I am relieved to say that he does get a bit better and a bit stronger each day. Today saw a normal lunch of salmon, mashed potatoes, mashed swede and sweet potato chips with herbs. And for tea a slice of New York Pork Pie (Tesco's which is very nice with slices of ham and green olives through the middle of the pork) with coleslaw and then a bowl of melon and pineapple pieces (Tesco again). Needless to say I went up to Tesco after lunch, hence the nice food for tea. He is also managing to drink the recommended two litres of water each day. Every day sees him able to do a little more and today has been a busy day about the farm so at least he has been outside as a spectator.
The sheep which we over-winter (they go back up onto the Buttertubs in the Spring) went home today. One hundred and forty four of them loaded on to three sheep trailers, pulled by three Land Rovers. It is quite nice to see them gone this year.
Friend and farmer G, who lives opposite also over-winters sheep and they went yesterday. When they came to load the sheep on to the wagon twenty were missing. He went to investigate and found they had all twenty jumped over the wall into the field belonging to
a neighbouring farmer. There was no connecting gate and no way could he persuade the sheep to jump back over the wall. No - he had to dismantle a section of wall to let them through and now he has to build the wall up again!
My day consisted of our normal coffee in The Post Horn (without a doubt the best cafe in our little town) - four of us this morning. Then after lunch up to Tesco (about three miles away) - blissfully in the car on my own. The views from the top road were wonderful - straight down Wensleydale and as clear as a bell.
Changeable weather - sunshine and showers - temperature of 11 degrees on the car dashboard - still feels pretty chilly to me. Back to our exercise class tomorrow afternoon - yes - Easter holidays are really over. I am always glad when things get back to normal. Are you?