So Spring has sprung..apparently..somewhere in the UK? ..but not here in Lincolnshire…yet!
Despite a lovely show of flowers from the pretty pink heather growing by my wildlife pond and from the snowdrops that are brave enough to open their delicate white flowers long before the sun puts it’s hat on, as far as I am concerned we are still, albeit unofficially, stuck in Winter.
Although I did spot a very lonely, sunshiny yellow dandelion, whilst out walking today, which made me smile.
Spring or not, today here, in deepest rural Lincs, we have had yet more snow, sleet and freezing rain. The ground is either sodden or frozen.
Temperatures feel even lower with the bitter icy wind cutting across the open farmland and whipping around your ankles. It bites at your nose and tingles your ears. My extremities become a vivid shade of pink, my nose begins to run ( sexy huh!) and my fingers ‘burn’ with the cold til they throb and ache!
There is nothing quite so chilling as plunging a bucket into an icy water-butt and accidentally spilling most of the contents over oneself before you have even had breakfast! Brrrrrr!!
I have a greenhouse full of seed trays, doing not very much at all 😦
I have goats that refuse to go out (and who can blame them). Instead they are happily munching their way through record amounts of hay, whilst tucked up inside their warm and cosy sheds.
My two driving ponies are competing with them for the most consumed hay in one season! It is a close call as to who will win! But I know my purse is definitely losing!
I have arm muscles like Popeye, from lugging, chopping and sawing up vast quantities of foraged and scrap wood for my fire…… all Winter long. It certainly does heat you twice.. or in my case three times.. fetching.. then cutting/ chopping ….and then finally burning.
I like the burning bit best. It heats my home and my water ..and makes lovely toasted marshmallows and roast chestnuts…so I shouldn’t complain 😉
So what is one to do when Winter refuses to leave and nothing much is progressing outside… (apart from eating marshmallows and chestnuts that is.)…….
Well in my case I bake bread and cakes ( yep more nommy stuff..do you sense a theme?) …I drink tea and write ….I help my daughter with her projects ….and I get on with indoors jobs, like ..dum dum dum…..the dreaded ‘housework’.
But I am LONGING to be outdoors, with my hands in the soil…
To feel the sun on my back, as I work in the garden….
To smell freshly cut grass…
To have a break from sawing and chopping wood and fetching it in each and every day …..
….and from getting up at silly o’clock each morning to get the fire lit before my daughter rises…*sigh
Roll on Spring and Summer!
A blessed Equinox to you all x