It's the time of year for hunkering down and getting through the last of the winter weather, all the time waiting for signs of new growth and lighter evenings.
January and February 2014 were one of the wettest on record, Aberdeenshire didn't suffer as much as some parts of the country but I think I can say that the start of drier weather in March has come as a welcome relief. I got my last 100 square bales of hay delivered, just in time as I was down to my last half dozen. The 'girls' (my new name for the horses are we have all mares now) have all settled into our mini herd well, Brooke, our new addition starting to really relax with the others and me now, in fact a new, wee cheeky side to her appearing which is lovely.
One of my friends drew a pencil sketch of Brooke for my birthday at the end of January and it captures her beautifully. Thank you Mel, I adore this wee portrait of her :)
In the garden we are awaiting warm earth and the first of the narcissi and daffodils. Broad beans and sweet peas grown from seed in our conservatory are now hardening off in the greenhouse, still protected by fleece at night. The new seeds that are now gracing our windowsills inside are beetroot, we are trying 2 new varieties Golden Detroit and Detroit White, along with salad leaves. (I have a lovely recipe for a beetroot tarte tatin, next time I make it I'll take some photos and post it on here.)
Although it feels as if spring is almost here, the trees are still bare and winter is still keeping a bit of a hold on us!
Paul and I headed off to Leith Hall a few weeks ago, I wanted to take some photos of the carpets of snowdrops they have there. Unfortunately I hadn't checked the battery on my camera before we got there and I didn't manage to take any photos. Never mind, the snowdrops in the garden are lovely too.
Some very exciting news for me is that our daughter has started blogging too, I feel I may be doing more reading of her blog and less posting of this one as she is an aspiring writer! Have a look at her blog and see what you think, here is the link;
Can't wait for spring now, something very hopeful about this time of year and that makes an eternal optimist like me very happy!
The Rat Inn, Northumberland
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