It may not be the start to spring that we’d hoped for – remember last April, when everyone was out wearing shorts and T-shirts and enjoying the sunshine as if it were the height of summer? – but down on the farm there are little signs that things are poised for it to kick in properly. The wind has dried out the fields, enabling all the work to be finally completed, and all we need now is some proper warmth and lots of sunshine (and a bit of rain mixed in too – although you probably don’t want to hear that!).
Like all farmers, we’re desperate for the grass to start growing, because we’re getting short of feed. Last year’s poor summer meant that the winter feed stock was lower than expected and with spring starting so late the feed position for the animals has become really worrying. With no insects around just yet and all the hedgerow berries gone, the poor old birds are having a tough time of it too, with very little around to eat, so make sure you keep those bird feeders stocked up with nuts – they’d thank you for it if they could!