The persistent rain that fell through the night has cleared great rafts of snow and ice, we can see green again. Everyone is very cheered by this.
The chickens are out of their run and nibbling on green grass, Tom will be out on his mountain bike and Mr Uhdd will be back in his running stride (not that the snow has stopped him running you understand, just hampered progress.) Mr Redcar is on his way back to retrieve his car.
The atmosphere in the village is quiet giddy as people get out and about more easily, although I doubt it there is a jolly atmosphere in the post office, because the queue is six deep out on the pavement, I couldn’t see to do a head count inside, but it was packed (the staff are never what you would describe as ‘relaxed’ on a good day; it would be a brave soul that chose this morning to complain about the non delivery of post over the last few weeks.) Outside the vets it was business as usual as the vet and Mr and Mrs farmer struggled to get a sick ewe across a remaining sheet of ice and into the vets.
At the supermarket the car park was a bit fraught, for all those people who only run a car, just to get to and from the shops, (often described by us as ‘hat drivers’ but in general the elderly and drivers of a nervous disposition) and who don’t venture out when the roads and pavements are bad have all descended on the store en-mass, add to the mix the weekend shoppers and chaos is on offer in ‘buy one get one free’ quantities.