Thursday, 4 April 2013

The Slow Advance of Spring

Thursday 4th April 2013
                 I've got to go back to the springtime of 1963 & 1979 when conditions were almost the same as the late spring we're experiencing this year. This unrelenting easterly wind and freezing temperatures has held back early spring by at least 3 weeks compared with previous years, the season has reverted back to the normal springs of the 1940's and 1950's.
       In our area of N.W. England we've got off lightly compared with some parts of the country, the blowing  snow filled the country lanes  leaving very little in the fields accept for the deep drifts behind the walls that tragically buried many sheep and lambs. My walks into the countryside have been limited by this cold cheerless weather and home decorating but here are a few shots I've taken during the last couple of weeks.

                                 A snow covered window

                                     Snow on the avenue

          The ducks have now taken up permanent residence in the garden

                Cockden Lane near our house after snow clearance


    Just one of several trees we planted with our children about 35 year ago

           I'm still growing the tree seedlings to plant out in about 2 years

           The road to Downham in the Ribble Valley on Easter Sunday

   Still a wintry scene around Downham with Pendle Hill in the distance

           The young Salmon will soon be hatching in this freezing beck

                                        Reluctant to move

           More young lambs but it's still bitterly cold with no new grass

Down by the old pack horse bridge over Swanside Beck the Lesser Celandine and the first Primrose

                 The Assheton Arms in Downham over looking the village

                    The end of our walk... the village of Downham


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  2. We were telling some of our younger friends about the winter of 62/63 - my grandparents house was a rambling 5 bedroomed house and it was my job to keep all the galley lamps trimmed and filled in strategic spots to prevent the pipes freezing, what a winter.

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