Friday 22nd March 2013
Spring is so late this year compared to the last few years. Last year in the same week we found Lesser Celandines, Wood Anemones, Primroses and the first Bluebells, the frog spawn in our garden pond was hatching and the Purple Saxifrage on Pen-y- Ghent was at it's best. Looking through my diaries from previous years this Spring is about 3 weeks behind.
So briefly this is what's been happening in our part of the world over the last few weeks
The Snowdrops were at their best up in Litton Dale in the Yorkshire Dales on the 3rd March but were a week behind compared to 2012
The first lambs of the year were out in the fields around Barley near to our home last Sunday17th March with Pendle Hill dominating the background.
Back in my own back garden the frogs have stopped spawning and the early spring flowers are just about surviving under the constant bashing of the wind and snow
Finally this morning I headed out into the teeth of the gale force easterly wind for a brisk walk near to our house, heavy snow had been forecast but here in East Lancashire we're in the shelter of the Pennines so we missed the worst of the blizzard, it was very cold but not unbearable.
Abstract sculptures formed by the wind blowing through the dry-stone wall