Monday, 19 March 2012

A lovely weekend in the country!

We spent the weekend at Dave and Sara's house-sitting and looking after the animals on their smallholding. They have two pigs that needed feeding twice a day (my favourite job), geese to feed in the morning, two farm cats to keep an eye on, plus chickens (we had fried eggs for breakfast on Sunday, which were still warm when we collected them and had the most wonderful golden-yellow yolks)

On Sunday we went out for an hour and half run over Pinhaw Beacon and it was perhaps my running highlight of the year so far. The views from the top were amazing in all directions (Ingleborough, Simon's Seat, Beamsley Beacon and the Lakeland fells could all be seen). It was Stef's first run over this way and I doubt it will be her last!

There are loads of birds around over the weekend including green and greater spotted woodpecker, buzzard, bullfinch (a really handsome pair), meadow pipit and a noisy nuthatch. We also flushed a flock of maybe 80 to 100 curlew on our run when I got us temporarily mislaid in a mass of tussocks not long after setting off. In my defense I usually do the run in the dark with Dave and Stef loves tussocks, err, honestly she does

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