The River Ryton was well up – almost over its banks.
Sunday was Stret Lock’s open day see here for a tour.
Python came down from Shireoaks Miners’ Welfare. Some pictures of it reversing to Deep Lock here.
Back down to the lake.
Only a mallard, but they are beautifully plumaged(!?)
And here’s a blackbird with a haw.
And (surprise, surprise) a grebe.
An old friend came to visit. I walked up the canal before we met.
This nest was very visible now that the leaves had gone.
Up towards Rhodesia (the village not the country) there’s a field behind a hawthorn hedge that’s full of teasels. (There’s also C&RT’s sludge pond.)
These trees looked as if the were taking off their topcoats.
In the Lock Keeper (the pub) garden, there’s a windvane atop a pagoda style of thing. It’s a narrowboat complete with dog.
Said friend had her, well her husband’s, dog with her.
Back at the pond mallards were promenading. They reminded me of Edwardian ladies.
This little chap was cheerfully retrieving a ball from the chilly water.
Market day and the woo merchants were in full swing. This guy offers natural pain relief for people and animals together with improved fuel consumption and prayers on request.
This couple of buskers were quite excellent.
Why do alder trees have flowers (catkins) and fruit (cones) at the same time?
Always attractive but the sunlight adds a little something.
I’ve realised that when a pair of mallards are head ducking at each other for a few minutes then they’re likely to do something else shortly afterwards.
Gulls are populating the pond. They’re really quite beautiful and such excellent fliers.
Willow branches dip into the water and become roots.
If it wasn’t for the leafless trees this could be summer.
If they’re not “at it” mallards are likely to be fighting.
On the last day of November clover blooming.
Here’s that tree again, against a clear sky this time.
Blackbirds seem to be the commonest bird.
Fairly low flying helicopter.
These nettles, not usually photogenic, are made so by morning frost.
As soon as I appear birds “bugger off”.
I do like this “posed” picture.