Driving down the steep bank after lunch in our Sunday haunt today, we turned the corner and the top end of Wensleydale came into view. There was only one word to describe it today - green.
After months of awful weather when it has been mostly under water, thick with frost, dried up after a cold, dry spell. In fact anything other than what it should be at this time of year.
Farmers are, of course, now a long way behind with the work that needs doing. These few days of very warm weather mean that the grass is growing - and I mean growing. This is bringing silaging into view more on time than was ever expected.
But the fields are still very wet under their covering of thick grass; certainly too wet still to take the great heavy tractors which are now waiting to put on the 20:10:10 fertiliser to make the grass grow even more quickly. And meanwhile, because the cattle are almost always out by this time of April, silage will be running low for some farmers. But the fields are so wet that putting out the cattle just yet would result in churning everywhere up too much. 'Wait another week seems to be the rule at present.'
In other words - the jobs are piling up for farmers who are now working all hours to catch up. And let's not forget lambing, which is still going on up here in the uplands - plenty of Swaledales still left to lamb. Today is Lambing Sunday which serves as a reminder.
Still a lovely sunny day but temperatures are back to normal for the time of the year - chilly with a sharp breeze. But it does us all good to remember that things do even out and get back to normal - Derek's Reserve on the Isle of Sheppey has been suffering from water deprivation for months but is now back to how it should be,
So following that premise farmers will no doubt all being silaging at the middle of May and any doubts will all have been forgotten (fingers crossed).