There’s an old saying that March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, and here in Cornwall that was absolutely right, we had terrible storms at the beginning of the month and halfway through they passed over and left us with sun and warmth. I said in my last post that the sheep returned to the field and the lambs started appearing, as if on cue. On the last day of March, in the sunshine, the 50+ sheep started to move, as a group, towards one end of the field; the farmer had opened up the gate onto an adjacent field and they were all heading into pastures new. Except for one ewe, who watched the rest go but stood her ground, then she looked around as if she was scanning the field and I knew she was looking for her lamb. I could see indecision in that ewe, should I stay or should I follow the flock, she looked around again and then, having made her decision, she ran after the rest. Moments later the farmer’s land rover came into view and stopped, he got out and picked up the lifeless carcass of a lamb and put it into the back of the truck. I thought about that on and off for the rest of the day, not the lifeless lamb but the mother having to make the decision to leave her dead offspring and carry on, it was the 31st March, Mother’s Day here in the U.K.
April too has also been a mixture of weathers blowing hot and cold like a non committal lover. The daffodils have gone over [apart from one field which is mind blowingly full of creamy daffs] and made way for the bluebells.
Come Easter the weather was positively mediterranean and we were barbecuing on the beach yet a week later we are waiting for another named storm to land with an extra layer of clothing on.
I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about Shepherds Huts recently and so I thought I would return to one for Cabin Envy. Way back when I started this site I created a post about Shepherds Huts and it outdid all other posts for a number of years, so I make an assumption that many people have a soft spot for them. Most only have room for a double bed so it’s all about the outside here, this one is on it’s own little island!! Inspired by the Arthur Ransome books its called The Nancy Blackett and gives you a bed with a wood burner and when you want to cook something up you have to head over the bridge to the ‘mainland’ to a separate cabin. You can make use of the lake and fish or go out on a boat and re-create the Swallows and Amazons adventures if so inclined.