Just when you think that the weather is starting to show glimpses of lovely spring weather everything is turned back into the throws of winter. This week at the yurt camp has seen some very dry weather but also very cold winds from the east. Its been feeling very cold as the wind chill factor makes 2 degrees feel like minus 5. However the sight of a daytime fox at 4pm in the afternoon has meant we are being extra vigilant in looking after our hens. They are now currently moved into their summer quarters in the paddock behind the farmhouse as opposed to the paddock across the river from the yurt camp. The fox has recently played havoc with my neighbours hens and we always know that spring is not far away when you start to see a fox during daylight hours. The foxes become more desparate and take risks when they have cubs to feed hence whey they start to venture out during the day when they are normally a nocturnal creature. The picture here is taken with a Prostalk 5000 wildlife camera and shows the tail end of the fox as he is out and about at
Well there is a faint promise of spring in the air at the yurt camp. The wild primroses and snowdrops have finally burst open and the birds are starting to sing. The evenings are starting to get considerably lighter and there is a lovely freshness to the morning air, which is promising us better and warmer weather. This week has seen a mixture of sunshine and showers with lovely blue skies and some warmth to the sunshine. The grass is starting to shoot up and all around is looking greener. The spring bulbs all around the yurt camp are showing their dazzling displays of golden daffodils, violets, celandines and some crocus, You can see the buds forming on the branches of the trees. One of our planning restrictions means that our yurt camp has to close between November 15th and March 15th, so we are now looking forward to putting our yurts back up in a few weeks time and welcoming some new guests. Lots of people are making enquiries as Easter is quite early this year. March 29th is Good Friday and Easter Sunday is on the 31st March.
Liz Jeffery - owner of Hemsford Yurt camp