Hedgerows and Blossom

We thought we’d have a little chat about the bits and bobs you can find in our hedgerows that herald the arrival of spring and the mean we can finally turn our back on winter, cold rain and too much mud!!

We all look forward to spotting the first daffodil and snowdrop shoots poking through the soil in January and February and that first scattering of frothy white flowers as the Blackthorn blossom spreads slowly up the country from the south coast.

Spring is said to move at approximately 1.9 miles per hour from south to north thereby taking three weeks to cover the whole country in the first signs of spring. We love this idea as, like everything in the countryside and in farming, it makes you feel part of an active, growing process that encompasses the whole of the British Isles!

Once the Blackthorn has stopped flowering we can see the lovely Hawthorn blossoms appearing together with masses and masses of dandelions – gardeners loathe them but they’re a really important food source for our bumblebees and honey bees so, if you do spend a long time digging them up, maybe leave a few plants for the bees?!

We also find the odd lone Primrose and Bluebell plant in the hedgerows on the farm – it’s windy and pretty exposed up here so we probably don’t get as many of the woodland plants and flowers as you do once you get out of the Wolds.

We also of course start seeing lots of frantically singing birds, Blackbirds, Robins, Sparrows, Chaffinches, Blue Tits, Great Tits and Goldfinches (to name a few!) – all busily trying to find the future mother/father of their babies! You can hear a distinct change in their song at this time of the year as they start their spring and summer songs.

As April comes to an end we see lots of Blackbirds with their beaks crammed with wriggling worms setting off to feed ever hungry babies. It’s always a surprise as to how many worms they find and how many they can cram into their beaks! We wonder whether they’ll find enough food this year as although the spring hasn’t been particularly cold there’s not been a lot of rain which makes it harder for the Blackbirds to find worms. We could have done with a few more April showers I think!

We consider ourselves very lucky to live where we do and we do make a conscious effort to notice the different wildlife and bird life that comes and go with the seasons. We’re lucky enough to see the odd mad March Hare and we have Red Kites making ever increasing appearances in our skies together with Tawny and Barn Owls. The latter love to hunt through the Wolds and it’s always a treat to see them ghosting through the valleys in the evenings.

As it’s spring and evenings are getting steadily lighter and brighter we thought we’d leave you with a tasty, filling and delicious meal that’s easy to make and beautifully aromatic thanks to the addition of our Yorkshire Rapeseed oil with Mixed Herbs: Mushroom and Herb Risotto…

 

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