That was yesterday. I CANNOT say the same of today, as it is blowing a gale and we have a whiteout of Hailstones coming down outside . . . I am glad I enjoyed yesterday's sunshine so much now!
Drifts of snowdrops are such a joy at this time of year.
As I set off for a gentle stroll up our hill, I noticed the first Crocus shyly appearing. I expect after today's gales and hailstones and torrential rain, it is now MUSH!
This farm track runs parallel to our lane for a while. Before now holidaymakers have mistaken it for the proper lane (which is equally covered in mud!) and ended up in the wood, or in a nearby field. This week it was the turn of a new bin man, who ended up on our doorstep when he had got stuck in deep mud half a mile further on! The Council had to come and haul him out again . . .
Navelwort on the canyon wall beside our paddock. When we first moved here back in 1988, the nearest this was growing was 600 - 700 yards further back up the hill. So we can trace the speed of its colonization.
Looking across the Park field.
Part of the Upper Hill colony of Navalwort . . .
Unfortunately it was still shady-sided in the canyon, which was annoying as I was trying to take photos of the Fairy Forest of lichens . . .
I went very steadily, as I am SO unfit (never been this bad since I was 22 and nearly died of Flu). But just to prove I made it, here is Black Mountain with what looks like white highlights on her flanks - we've been having hailstorms the last couple of days - I think Black Mountain had a sprinkling of snow (or lots more hailstones than us).
I was immensely cheered to find I could climb the hill and I am looking forward to getting plenty more walking done when it isnt blowing a force 8 gale and lashing down with heavy rain or hailstones . . .