No, I didn't meet someone famous at the weekend ....... the VIP is for Very Important Post. Why is today's post important - well you will have to wait until further down the post to find out!!
The weather wasn't great yesterday morning, so when we got to Jedburgh we decided not to go for a walk. Instead we bought the Sunday papers and headed for a cuppa. Shock, horror, the scones weren't ready, so we had to make do with a toasted teacake (which was delicious!)
so, why is this a special post? Well ....... recently we haven't been using the back road when we have been heading to Jedburgh or Kelso, partly because there are a lot of potholes, and partly because it is inches deep in mud in places. But Malcolm decided to go that way yesterday, and when we went past Marian-the-neighbour's field ........ oh joy, oh bliss, the first lambs of the year! Malcolm was going to stop and reverse to the gate so that I could get some photos, but I had the small lens on the camera, so I told him not to bother, that I would walk up to the field when we got back. Of course when we got home it was snowing! I changed into my windproof trousers, my windand waterproof Helly Hansen jacket, put on my warm hat and got my old boots from the garage. The donkeys weren't out in the field next to us, but these hardy ponies didn't seem bothered by the snow (the photo looks grainy, but that's the snow in the air)
on my way up the hill, I thought I would have a look in the other field where there are Jacob's sheep, to see if there were any lambs, which meant negotiating this muddy track
I could see that there were lambs, but they were too far away to take photos. So I walked on, and found a (very small) gap in the hedge to squeeze through, then stepped over the rusty wire fence
and crept through the trees, to be rewarded with these exceedingly cute lambs
I walked on round to Marian's field, sneaking up to the gate so that I wouldn't frighten the lambs. They didn't seem at all bothered by the snow
you can't really see the snow in the photos of the lambs, but you can see it in this photo of the goose (or is it the gander?) .........
...... and the blackbird sitting on the hedge
there were lots of snowdrops in the verges
as I trudged back down the hill, the snow went off, and the hills appeared
this is my favourite view on the way home
I won't be here tomorrow - I'll tell you why on Wednesday!