The media may be proclaiming a Siberian freeze—or an Antarctic freeze for that matter—but I spent most of the day working outside, sans jacket and woolly hat because conditions were so mild and sunny.
In fact, it was was sufficiently warm for the soil to be worked as only the top inch or so was frozen. Birds were singing, the gorse was coming into bloom, the hawthorn and dogrose were budding, and the pigs were skipping about.
I did wonder if I had the month wrong. It is early February, isn’t it?
Delilah and our other Berkshire pigs were all very pleased with the mild weather, skipping, frolicking and digging with abandon.
It was almost unbelievably bright and sunny for a February day in north-eastern Scotland. Not only that, but there was no wind.
I made a good start on clearing the winter’s detritus from the vegetable patch, then started dismantling our raised beds.
The Other Half has complained for years that they’re too wide for her at two metres so, with the ground workable, I decided to uproot the boards and start reducing them to 1.75 metres wide.
While I worked, Harvey kept an eye on the bonfire. Well, someone had to. It’s just a shame we can’t throw the electronic media on it as we could with actual newspapers.
- Brits freeze with snow on the way next week according to forecasts news: A Siberian wall of cold air could arrive from Russia next week, with some suggesting it could stay until mid-February. (thesun.co.uk)
- Siberian cold front sweeps across Europe, bringing record low temperatures (telegraph.co.uk)
- Weather news: Freezing February in -11°C warning (thesun.co.uk)