Spring, and a birthday, arrives in the Yorkshire Dales
Oh bliss. Spring has arrived in the Yorkshire Dales. In time for my birthday. And there is nothing like spring in the Dales.
The birthday included a delicious lunch followed by a stroll through nearby farm and scrub-land, ending at a local hill top with all round views of the stunning countryside. Then back for tea and birthday cake.
On the walk we were treated to bursting buds on trees and shrubs, fluffy frolicking lambs in the fields, flocks of starlings creating breathtaking shapes in the sky and fluttering, chattering lapwings hovering over the grass. Plus, the sun shone down with real warmth for pretty much the first time this year.
Spring is my favourite season with its fresh, vivid green growth and the promise of a long, hot summer. Coupled with a birthday, a taste-bud tingling lunch and the sight of new lambs, this day could not be beaten.