Being an arable farm all is quiet during the winter months; although it is not cold the ground is wet and would be damaged by the passage of heavy machinery. However, this is not unwelcome as it makes up for the long hours spent in cultivations, crop care and the harvest season. If proof was needed of the mild temperatures I spotted several clumps of primroses in full flower on the north-facing ditch banks in the Eastwood. Being north-facing these banks do not dry out so much in summer so provide ideal conditions for the survival of the primroses and the spread of their seed.
Pollarding of the willows on the west bank of the pond, long overdue but carried out earlier this month, has opened it up considerably and made it more attractive to the mallard duck who visit it annually. It was a pleasure to see three of them on the water when I went out early one morning. I am hopeful that a pair will nest there and rear ducklings There has been no sign of the moorhens lately but this is all to the good as they have a reputation for killing ducklings.