I went to a funeral of a farmer today- 79 , still had his own herd of cows, died while working in the garden. Lots of farmers there , all a bit worried. Spring has not come, no blossoms on the trees, nothing leafed out yet, no one has planted anything as it is too cold and wet and most hay fields were wiped out by the thick ice that covered everything this winter. No one remembers having such long winter for ages. My paddocks look better than most , as I’ve already mentioned, and tomorrow I’m am letting the cows and sheep graze a few hours for the first time since November 18th. I had an uneasy feeling about this winter going into it and had purchased extra hay- I have used almost all of it- I have enough for about 2 weeks left but I want to keep it as a back up. So hee goes. I waited till the three leaf stage( just) but can wait no longer. 3 C outside.