Its April. The cows are out. The sun is out. Primroses are beginning to glow pale yellow in safe spots away from browsing animals and the pretty celandine are showing their shiny yellow faces in the fields.
The first lambs arrived a week early, yesterday morning. Tragically they were orphaned within a few minutes of being born, so they are now on the bottle. Their little feet are still not quite properly formed, but they are able to walk, full of life and hungry for food.
There have been moments in Farmer's evenings for entertainment - we saw Nouri Mint Seymali at An Tobar on Tuesday night - an excellent evening out.
Yesterday we had errands to run in Craignure and down on the Ross of Mull. I like these sorts of jobs especially when the sun is shining as beautifully as it was yesterday. I even managed to stop and catch a tin shed on the way. Once the meeting in Craignure was over we drove down to Kintra. We were collecting a cable which we need to use in order to try and get to the bottom of why the older of the two turbines is not producing the same amount of electricity from the same amount of wind as its younger neighbour.
Having collected the cable, we had time to visit another of the wonderful Ross of Mull beaches. This time we chose Scoor beach near Bunessan. It is about a mile walk from the car park and down a steep steep slope to the beach, but well worth it.
There was no one there but us.
We had Coco with us so knew we wouldn't be able to walk to Kilvickeon as the cows had calves there, and the route we took over Scoor farm didn't go through any fields with lambs in them, so it was fine. There were no sheep to be seen on the beach or the slopes around it so Coco had a bit of a run on the low tide sands, and then back on the lead for the walk back to the car.
The sun is shining again this morning and errands will only take me as far as Calgary today!