Otterburn farmer Malcolm Corbett said: "Farmers and shepherds refer to it as a 'lambing storm
Some time in April, it will come a "lambing storm
Northumberland is threatening snow and sleet on high ground ( it would not be spring up here without a "lambing storm
Up to their wellies in muck for most of the winter, they then find themselves up to their oxters in snow when the spring lambing storms
come roaring in.
This is despite the fact that the weather last week did catch a few of us out ( my father always called these "lambing storms
" and how right he is.
By rights we should celebrate the festival on Dec 21st ( the winter solstice, after which the days start to lengthen towards the spring ( this despite the fact that spring does not really happen in Northumberland ( it being, by custom, a season of beastly weather and the inevitable "lambing storms