Jonathan: Against all the odds, the sun is shining out of a wide open blue sky. Two weeks of wind and rain already, and the forecast is for days more of even worse – with gale to severe gale winds tomorrow; but just for now and quite unexpectedly the sun is shining! This morning I shall have to get some outdoors work done. For one thing, the 2.4m x 1.2m sheet of 18mm MDF that’s been in our hall for a week: There’s no room anywhere, except outdoors, to lay it out and cut it down to size, but all we could do when it arrived was rush it straight indoors out of the rain! And over the croft there’s so many things that have to be done outdoors, if only the sawing up of wood and carrying it hither and thither, not least down to the high hen house, where the alterations are in a very half-finished state. Capricious April imitated the character of her beautiful sister May, and May has returned the compliment by behaving just like April would have, and for good measure has acted out a few of the larks of her rather coarse brother March. All very well in itself – we’ve got no worse weather than we deserve, albeit a bit mixed up: but it has confused the rest of nature somewhat: the sheep were tricked into shedding their fleeces at least a month early, and I’m too much in disarray to get the sheep rounded up to shear them right now – so the fleeces will soon go to waste. And the trees having put out luxurious growth in April that now being torn to shreds by May’s unseasonable winds. However … the sun shines, there are many things to be done, and there are willing workers (well, there’s one at least – Denise, where are you?) ;~)
Jonathan: Yet another fine sunny day, but watch out for the cold wind from the south east! Which just goes to show that cold does not just come from the north – our most reliably mild weather comes off the Atlantic from the south and south-west. However the sunshine is very welcome. A goose who’d been sitting on three eggs (clearly a novice – four to five weeks of sitting for just three!) had hatched two of them on Easter Sunday, and sitting fast on the remaining egg, today had only one. But now her sister who had six goslings suddenly seems to have eight! She did this last year, rounding up all the goslings for herself. It was lovely to watch her encouraging them all to cross a ditch to come over to me for some grain.
Denise: Grotty weather it is – a fine rain driven in from the sea by a bullying wind, everything sodden; and what chance is there of getting the woodstain on the cladding for the new studio to dry …. Aaagh! But the tourists – and yes there are plenty about, albeit mostly holed up in front of warm fires! – want something indoors to do, and just now two men (not my typical big-spending customers by any means – they usually come on their own only for eggs) came to the house and after browsing for a bit over our temporary display in the conservatory spent £130 on hand-woven scarves, hand-made greeting cards, and lemon curd and jam. Result!