Of course Mother Nature has ways of messing up the best laid plans. Hill ewes are tough, and excellent mothers, but even they struggle in several feet of snow, and sub zero temperatures for days on end.
These were taken on our walk today, still plenty of snow up on the tops of the hills, and the thaw has been underway for several days.
Most farmers have got their flocks in lower fields though, and with some extra feed they seem to be doing ok, even if the lambs regard the feeding troughs as a convenient place to have a rest!
Walking back down the valley we came across this, the water form the stream has frozen over the twigs, making a beautiful ice sculpture.
This tree also caught my eye, the valleys round us have the feeling of being incredibly ancient. Not many people live here, so the ancient woodland still exists.