Follow the fortunes of Muddyboots & Family on their East Yorkshire farm which has changed from dairy farm to luxury ice cream manufacture

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Mid March

Thank goodness for St David say l, December, January & February were just full of snow, frost and a decide lack of sunshine, then, pow, St David's Day - the sun comes out, ok it's not warm but the daylight hours are lengthening and the sun has emerged after being submerged in a smog of dismal greyness. What l suppose is even more remarkable is that the sun has continued to shine for most of this month. The birds are singing away, the thrush perched on the highest branch of a tree just outside our bedroom window, sparrows moving into nest boxes designed for blue tits and the ducks - The ducks come every spring, taking up residency in the CL field. Every morning they waddle across the car park to the bird feeders which hang from the sycamores next to mr moo's, they check the ground looking for any scraps missed by the chaffinches or blackbirds then after a quick snooze toddle back again to their own special corner which gives them a good vantage point to wag their tail feathers or quack for the attention of passing walkers.

The farm is slowly coming to life, with this winter's wet holes frequented by wildfowl, beginning to recede as the water table lowers. The winter wheat on the cliff top looks a little sick brown and stunted, thanks to those continual easterlies that blew in from the Arctic laced with salt Talking about easterlies, the cliff too has suffered from the harsh on-shore wave action, the pounding of the clay or Skipsea Till to give it its correct name, has turned it into a brown sludgy slurry before being washed away by the action of the sea. This year, as a rough guess, about 2 metres have gone whilst over the past years, since l have lived here we must have lost about half the Cliff Top field to coastal erosion?

So now it is a case of releasing the handbrake as we move forward towards Easter, the ice cream team are already filling the freezers with stock, the car park has been fitted with a new drain to prevent the large puddle that settles in for winter, the grass on the CL site is drying nicely so could be a goer for Easter, and the rabbits are already breeding, well like rabbits what more could you ask for?


her at home said...

Sounds as if Spring has most definately sprung on your farm. Any new flavours of icecream at Mr Moo's this season? Lots of scrummy stuff as always I bet!

Elizabethd said...

How lovely to be looking forward to Spring. I keep trying but it is still so bitterly cold here....can't bear to think of ice cream!

Anonymous said...

Really looking forward to "coming home" next week and our daily visit by the ducks.Great to hear what's been going on!

eleanor's byre said...

Yes, lovely to have the lengthening days but when will it warm up? Having said that, Surf Bum son has spent a great deal of his spare time in the North Sea this winter, suggesting either that a) he is completely bonkers and at 27 ought to know better or b)someone somewhere has invented one helluva wet suit.

Sallys Chateau said...

How exciting another fresh season at mr Moo's, I really am going to get there one of these days to experience the finest ice cream !!

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