Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He visited a local park today and found a popular bridge.
I checked the rain gauge after breakfast and saw that it was registering two inches of rain from the past two days. This total was added to today as we had another day of wet and windy weather. Luckily there was a pause in the morning and there was even a moment of sunshine. I took advantage of this to go for a walk. (I directed my feet to the sunny side of the street.)
Although the sunshine didn’t last long, the rain held off for long enough for me to walk five and a half miles without getting wet. I was grateful.
I walked “round Potholm” as the locals say, and when I turned off the Bentpath road onto the road to Potholm, I looked about.
The Esk was still surprisingly low after all the rain that we have had recently…
…so perhaps the long dry spell we had in spring means that the ground is still able to absorb the recent rains.
I had to look to the larches on the other side of the river to get some extensive colour into the picture.
There was plenty of water on the road as I came near Potholm…
…but luckily it was all water under the bridge when I came to cross the river.
Walls often seem to have a bit of its their own character and the wall beside the road at Potholm specialises in moss and hart’s tongue fern.
I had had the brisk wind behind me on my way to Potholm and I hoped that when I had climbed the hill to the Longfauld track, the hillside and trees might provide me with good shelter on the way home. This turned out to be the case…
…and I had a pleasant walk back down to the town.
I even had a carpet to walk over at one point…
…though I had to tread carefully as it was very slippery.
There was a good selection of trees, needles and leaves to look at as I went along (and even a brief glimpse of the sun again).
I looked down as well as up and saw a selection of fungi too.
I might have taken the short route home across the Duchess Bridge but I walked down the Kilngreen, passing the old Episcopal Church…
…in the hope of seeing some waterside birds on the Ewes water and the Esk. An obliging dipper flew up stream and landed opposite me as I walked along the bank of the Ewes and then flew to my side of the river and posed again. All dippers should learn from this bird.
I followed that up with a gull and a mallard at the Meeting of the Waters and another gull and a second dipper on the Esk near the suspension bridge.
I thought that this was good value for a little extra distance on my walk.
When I got back to the garden, I checked on some of the flowers that I had missed in my last set of late autumn panels. I was quite amazed to find so many still in relatively good order…
…especially the cosmos which has only just started flowering.
I had got back in time for coffee and Margaret and Mrs Tootlepedal bravely came out into the garden for a bit of distant socialising in spite of the light drizzle that started almost as soon as we sat down. Sipping and chatting in the rain, we provided a source of innocent merriment for passers by. Our neighbour Liz, who had just finished her walk, popped in to see how we were doing and then the increasing rain brought proceedings to a halt.
Mrs Tootlepedal made potato latkes for lunch and I took time to watch the birds.
The feeder was quiet…
…and a chaffinch looked round to see where the sun had gone.
There was a very interesting stage of the Vuelta and a virtual choir practice to fill up the afternoon, and we ended the day with a meal of Mrs Tootlepedal’s slow cooked brisket of beef followed by biscuits and cheese. All in all, it turned out to be not a bad day for such a wet and windy one.
Flying birds were hard to come by, and this chaffinch leaving in a flurry of raindrops and half chewed birdseed was the best that I could manage.