Saturday was a lovely sunny day though with a cool breeze. There are only a few flowers showing as yet but the extra warmth from the Sun should encourage more.
What was nice to see was the first bees of the season busily visiting the crocuses:
Surprisingly I didn't notice any bumble bees.
Of couse, madam was making the most of the sun:
For our lunch time walk we took a tour round the edge of the cricket field. From the bottom of the field I could see part of one of the rookeries. The rough piles of sticks which pass for nests are easy to spot:
Most of the trees in that area are deciduous and exposed to the cold winds so there isn't much sign of new life yet:
Hidden amongst the trees are some outbuildings which serve as stores and shelter for the sheep which usually graze nearby:
Next to one of the Poplars is an older tree which has been shaped by the prevailing westerly winds:
For our afternoon walk we went to have a look at one large field which is usually arable but this year has a large flock of sheep grazing. Amongst the usual all white sheep were a few with black faces and about four brown sheep. A type I haven't noticed before in this area:
Maybe several people are sharing the cost of hiring the field for grazing. Most of the sheep are heavily pregnant so it won't be long before there are Spring lambs frolicking about.