Added on March, 2010
It’s Turtle Time
“For Lo the winter is past, the rain is over and gone, the flowers appear on the earth, the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.”
(Song of Solomon 2:10)
The great snow turned our landscape white on December 18th and it stayed white until January 17th.
Meanwhile underneath the snow it appears that the snowdrops and aconites have made a little progress as you can see from my picture taken on January 18th one day after the big melt.
I have been listening out for the sound of the turtle but I am not certain what the turtle sounds like. I thought I might have heard one this morning but Stefa says I have been overdoing it and my hearing aid must be playing up again.
In another sign that spring is around the corner, our flock of 60Warren Hens, who take sole responsibility for the Hambleton Hall breakfast egg, have got to work in earnest with an average daily output of 30 eggs. According to my well thumbed copy of “Domestic Fowls in Sickness and Health” by C.H. Perkiss, the most important influence on egg laying is whether the day is getting longer or shorter. In other words a hen is reluctant to lay unless she is confident that things are looking up.
I think our politicians would do well to study Perkiss more closely. If only our leaders could convince us that the economic midwinter is past and green shoots are on the way we would all feel a little more expansive, like the Warrens.
2010 is a big year for us. Our 30th birthday approaches on July 1st by which time the turtle really will be hollering his head off and things will definitely be looking up. Meanwhile we suggest you hunker down and enjoy some inimitable Hambleton Hospitality. We hope that as many club members as possible will claim their free night between now and the end of April.