On days like today you might think that the winter has already gone. I drove to Apperknowle, just beyond Sheffield's southern boundary and there I bought a dozen seed potatoes. They need "chitting" before being planted at the end of March - weather permitting. "Chitting" means allowing the seed potatoes to develop hardy sprouts in cool, light conditions so that when they go in the ground they are ready to establish themselves.
After my visit to Tommy Ward's garden centre, I drove to the edge of the village where I took these two pictures of "The Travellers' Rest". It remains a "free house" which means it is independently owned and run and not tied to one of the country's big breweries. Sadly, there are not many free houses left. They tend to be more characterful - not following corporate orders but financially they struggle to stay afloat these days.
As you can see, the sky was blue with a few cumulus clouds drifting by. It was the same yesterday when I plodded for sixteen miles along the northern section of The Lincolnshire Wolds... but I'll blog about that another time. Perhaps tomorrow.