The Mares that live just below our garden at Ednovean Farm picked their way gingerly across the frozen ground this morning, to collect their breakfast. They tend to wait for me snoozing under the garden shelter belt each day. They particularly like this spot in the early morning as it catches the first rays of sunshine to hit the field. Within minutes a small posy of little birds has gathered to dart out of the sheltering foliage and snatch the plump golden oats from under April and Dollies noses. At night the two mares religiously put themselves in their field shelter at the end of the lane and so we tramp in a little procession out along the lane each evening, with a wheelbarrow full of haylage and buckets of oats – I wonder if they are different birds with picking rights along there!
Still by lunch time today, we sat in the Italian Garden in the warm sunshine to eat the first lunch of the year alfresco with Spud and Louis Cats luxuriating in the unexpected warmth. The two cats have made a point of sunning themselves every day this week, in sheltered corners of the courtyard gardens in sleek, shiny, contentment.
I think I’ve appreciated the full beauty of the winter season more this week, as crisp cold mornings have warmed to cloudless blue skies. The traceries of bare overhead branches that line the lanes above mossy banks show the full beauty of the trees and in the garden the swelling buds hold plump promise of the seasons to come.
In the house I always like to slightly change the mood of the breakfast table to reflect the season and for the winter I’ve set two oil lamps on the long refectory table that give a soft, warm, nostalgic glow because sometimes it just nice to be cosy.
Have a great week and I hope you enjoy beauty of the winter days.