Friday, 24 February 2012


The first lambs have appeared in the field by our house!

Admittedly, they were born a few months ago care of artificially-inseminated ewes and have been sheltering from sub-zero temperatures in the poly-tunnel barn across the farmyard. But they're our first sign of spring and the relief is palpable.

It's been quite a long winter.

Ok, so it's been nothing compared to last year, as the locals keep reminding me, but last year we were in a snug newly-built terrace in a pollution-heated city. This year I'm listening concurrently to rain ricocheting off the windows and news of "droughts in the South East of..." - double take - yes the newsreader really did say "England".

Then today the temperature creeps into double figures. We venture into the conservatory without needing five layers and the rain (temporarily) isn't battering on the plastic roof and we remember why we fell in love with this house in the first place.


  1. Sring is springing down this end, too, reminding me of how much gardening I have to do. The plum blossom is nearly out and bulbs are champing at the bit. Could we have some of your rain, please?

  2. your "friendly" neighbour27 February 2012 at 12:19

    I love your descriptions............ Ok so I won't join in with all the other locals to say how easy its been this year - let's get through March first - but listen for the first curlew call - then you really do know that Spring is on its way!!