There’s a feeling in the air, a hint of something coming. It’s not just me, others have noticed it too – there’s more activity going on, more people around, more of a bustle about the place.
I spotted this on a walk ten days ago, just before the snow fell :
Last week, I noticed that a certain dark bay horse is starting to do this :
and I saw a whole bunch of these guys sunning themselves, the same day :
The LSH thought this photo was insect porn, I disagree, I think they were just sunbathing.
Today I took the dogs for a walk along the ridge near Montjustin. I have to confess to having bought a retractable leash for Cookie, not something I ever thought I would do! It’s hard to see, but it stands out more clearly in the shadow :
She loves it. Apparently it tastes delicious.
(Such behaviour is frowned on. We’ve been frowning on it for 18 months now. I don’t think frowning is working.)
The ridge was just glorious. The dogs had a great time, and it was nice and dry so I didn’t have to worry about Cinny’s wounds getting wet and dirty. There were a few lizards trying to warm up in the sunshine, which both dogs thought was great fun.
There were loads of bees doing something very industrious at a puddle. Don’t ask, I have no idea. I just hope you can see them.
I saw a hummingbird hawkmoth – a live one, this poor sod died last week trying to butt his way out of one of our skylights.
I saw two butterflies, and managed to get a photo of one
I saw a booted eagle too, soaring high above the valley floor, level with me. By the time I got my camera out, he had soared right behind some trees. Typical.
I saw a hint of leaf buds on an almond tree
and a more definite hint of blossoms to come :
Only a week after this
there is a definite promise of Spring in the air.
My promise is to stop being a lazy so-n-so and get my butt back in the saddle. Cross my heart.