Cold and just below freezing overnight but now around four degrees, bright sunshine and a cold breeze. In fact (from inside by the fire) it is a pleasant day and the snow is gradually going.
The woodburner is glowing brightly and as the doors are all open (inside doors of course) and our farmhouse faces due South, so gets any sun that is going, the house is warming up nicely. And the snow is beginnning to go in earnest. Apparently it was quite a localised snowfall - just a strip down the centre of the country.
There is a distinct feeling over here that already the implications of the American election are beginning to fade. For sure, it is a democratic country - they have chosen and democracy dictates that we accept it - like it or not.
Today I visit the hairdresser and that is all. And as it is only a mile down the road that is no hardship. The farmer has to go the the dentist just before that.
He is giving our cattle hay to eat as they spend an awful lot of time wandering round the field looking for something to eat. These are cattle being grown on for beef and even several days without access to the plentiful supply of grass in the pastures is enough for the weight to begin to drop away (and of course they are sold by weight). So last evening (after they had followed Tess and the farmer up the field on their walk) he went back with a couple of bales of hay. It had all gone this morning, so a couple more bales have been take up and the farmer they belong to has been rung with the suggestion he fetch then back and fatten them indoors.
The sheep, on the other hand, don't want anything to do with hay, or pellets thank you - they know quite well how to scratch the snow away and get at the grass and seem quite happy in their fur coats.
My quilt is finished and will be pressed this morning. Then I shall make a shopping list (which will include two balls of white baby wool
for my next project) ready to shop tomorrow for our friends P and D coming over from The Lakes for the week-end. (an apple crumble is already in the freezer for lunch).
Keep warm everyone. And to my friends in the US - bear up and I am sure we all send you our best wishes for the next few years.