A river runs through it

golf course

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone and shows one of the greens on the golf course he was visiting last week in Spain.  Tough conditions out there.

golf course

We had far from Spanish weather here today.  It had rained heavily over night and it was still raining heavily when we got up.  It continued to rain all morning and only stopped in the middle of the afternoon.

Under these circumstances, I was very fortunate to have the company of both Dropscone and Sandy for coffee.  An additional bonus was the treacle scones that Dropscone provided for the occasion.   Dropscone has been on holiday in Spain and Sandy in Portugal and they had both enjoyed excellent weather so the rain was a bit of a shock to their systems but they were bearing up bravely.

I put on some stout waterproof clothing after they had left and walked down to see how much of the rain had got into the rivers.

Wauchope and turtle

The Wauchope was flowing freely and the turtle in the Esk was learning how to swim.

Waterside birds were to be seen in spite of the rain.

gull and dipper

The dipper was very busy but taking care not to be washed away and the gull was standing very still on its rather precarious rock perch.

I looked down the River Esk from the suspension bridge.

River esk

To say that our weather is changeable at the moment is a bit of an understatement.

I didn’t stay out long and went home and did the crossword.

Once the rain had eased off to a drizzle after lunch, I went out for a second look.  The water had risen but we were far from a big flood…

Esk and turtle

…although the turtle’s need for swimming lessons seemed pressing.

I took the opportunity to visit a large crop of fungus on the bank of the Wauchope by the church wall.

fungus beside church

They are related to a tree that had to be felled because it had become dangerous.

Nearby, seven goosanders were resting on the bank of the Esk.  I couldn’t get them all in one shot so I settled for these three…

goosanders

…and this one which had gone for a swim.

goosander

I had a look up the Wauchope from the Park Bridge…

Wauchope in flood

…and then went home again and did some work on songs for both my choirs.  I was concentrating hard on the music and was surprised when I turned to the window and saw that the sun was shining and the sky was blue.  I shot out into the garden.

Crown princess margareta
Crown Princess Margareta is getting special care from the gardener and we hope that it will do really well next year.
Nasturtiums
A splash of colour against the wall of the house
poppy
A battered poppy doing its best

A young blackbird was taking advantage of the sunshine to have a bath in our pond…

blackbird

…watched from on high by a starling.

starling

I tried to contact Sandy with a view to going for a walk but when he didn’t reply (I found out later that he was busy at the Archive Centre), I went off by myself.

The sun went in almost as soon as I started out.

I visited the riverside.  Just where the dam comes out into the Esk, I came across a dipper busy in the long grass beside the Esk.

dipper

I walked along to the Town Bridge and once again marvelled at the sound construction which has let it withstand this sort of pressure…

Langholm Bridge in flood

… since 1775.

I looked back down river from the bridge…

River esk in Autumn

…and then walked over the bridge and onto the Kilngreen.

The Esk and the Ewes looked quite full when I got down to their level…

Esk and Ewes

…but they were safely contained within their banks.

As I walked towards the Sawmill Brig, a heron flew past me and when I was on the bridge, I could see another dipper on the rocks below.

Heron and dipper

By the this time, the clouds had come back but I walked on, hoping that all the rain that was in the clouds had already been discharged.

I walked up the Lodge Walks and enjoyed the trees lining the walks and those on the Castleholm and lower slopes of the hill beyond the river.

Lodge walks

Meikleholm hill treesMeikleholm hill treesMeikleholm hill trees

I crossed the raging river by the Duchess Bridge…

Duchess bridge in Autumn

…and got home without seeing a drop of rain.

In the evening, I went out to a Langholm Sings choir practice and enjoyed myself more than I thought that I would when I found that the songs were a bit easier to get right than I had feared.  The “getting right” is still more potential than actual but then that is what practices are for.

I am hoping that the recent progression of rainy, sunny, rainy days will lead to tomorrow being sunny.  It would be only fair.

 

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

27 thoughts on “A river runs through it

  1. With all the rain that you’ve had it’s a wonder that the turtle can still be seen at all.

    Great shots of the dippers and goosanders, as well as the young blackbird. Thanks to your blog, I sometimes find myself calling the birds that inhabit both the area that you live and I live by the names they go by there. People here look at me funny when I mention that I saw goosanders or a hen harrier when they are known as mergansers and northern harriers here. But, that helps me to remember them for some reason.

  2. Rain or shine, you live in a place of beauty. I very much enjoy reading about the birds in your “neck of the woods,” and I must say “goosander” has become one of my favorites. Love the name! I don’t think we have them here.

      1. Could be! I’ve not seen any in Winthrop, but there could be some in the middle of the looks, out of my sight. 😉

  3. Love the shots of the dippers. They are usually dipping when ever I have a chance of a photo here! The rain must have fallen very heavily for the river to rise so quickly hope it goes down before the next deluge. The autumn colours have truly arrived there now and everywhere looks beautiful especially the Lodge Walks.

    1. We are back to heavy rain again soon so we will have to see how good the rivers are at getting rid of it. The dippers were forced to lurk about by the side of the rivers because of the heavy flow and that gave me a better chance than usual of getting a shot of them.

  4. Late to post this, but what a stunning guest photo. I’d be hard pressed to actually golf there – would be tempted to plunk myself down on a bench and just stare at the surroundings!

  5. I enjoyed all the photos, especially the nasturtiums and the blackbird taking a bath. Our larger birds are back now, drilling holes in apples, and they have cleaned out any non-netted grapes.

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