My sister Mary may have been walking in the Lake District but my brother Andrew has been drinking coffee in Bridlington. Here is his view as he sipped.
We woke up to another morning of glum weather, cold and windy and with as much rain as we could possibly want….
…if not a little more.
This let me put another week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database and since it was the last week of 1895, it was a good moment as it is always cheering to start on a new year.
The rain continued until, like yesterday, it eased off in the afternoon for long enough to let me get out for a little walk again
I started by walking round the garden.
I left the garden and headed down to the river to see where all the rain had gone.
It was water under the bridge.
The river was well up but far from full. It is very brown with the peat that is washed out from the land.
I walked on past the Kilngreen where a small group were keen to point that even ducks didn’t think that this was good weather.
The ice cream van was at it station in the middle of an empty car park with a faint drizzle in the air, the epitome of optimism. Naturally I bought myself a small cone and enjoyed it as I walked over the Sawmill Brig…
…and onto the Lodge Walks.
Passing one of the recently felled tree stumps, I thought that I saw a curious fungus or lichen but closer inspection revealed that it was a small crowd of snails.
One posed for me.
I know nothing about snails (there’s a surprise) and some research shows me that this might be Cepaea sylvatica but as always, I am prepared to be enlightened by knowledgeable readers.
There are some fine rhododendrons along the Lodge walks and they brought a bit more brightness to a grey day.
As well as being pretty damp, it was also quite windy and I had a hard time taking plant life pictures but there was a lot to tempt me into trying.
Some above my head….
…some beside my feet…
…and some half way in between.
I stood on the Duchess Bridge and looked downstream. At this time of year, the river here runs through a canyon of green.
The nuthatches have left the nest at the bridge so there was nothing to detain me there and I walked on home, happy to have found a dry moment in the day.
The honeysuckle in the hedge facing the road gave me a warm welcome…
…and after a quick look at a knapweed…
…I went in for a cup of tea and a Jaffa cake.
Mrs Tootlepedal had spent a busy couple of hours helping in the Buccleuch Centre coffee bar while I was out enjoying my walk and in the evening, I went back there in the rain for a very well attended meeting about our local newspaper, The Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser. This is the same newspaper which the Archive Group members have been indexing since its first publication in 1848. It has recently been threatened with closure by its latest owners, a Carlisle newspaper group.
In response, a group of concerned local people, with the financial support of local charitable trusts and some individuals have raised enough money to achieve a community buyout and the paper is now owned by a community company based in Langholm. It has a business plan and a lot of local support so we all hope that the new venture is successful and that the E&L, as it is always known, will continue for many years to come.
The first issue of the new ownership was published today and I am happy to say that it has a picture of Skippers Bridge in it which I took a week or so ago so I really feel part of this grand venture.
This was the picture.