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So, on Monday I walked to Ranby along the Cuckoo way.
First though round the pond.
Down Dock Road there’s the flour mill across the water …
… and the Creative Village seems to be ready for use:
Ever glad you’re not a female mallard? Here’s two drakes having their evil way with a poor duck.
Rather liked this harbinger of spring:
The mechanisms at Bracebridge lock aren’t enclosed although they’ve got anti-vandal locks:
The old pumping station is worth a look. Shame it’s so obviously going to fall to ruin.
The scrubland between canal and river was showing early signs of spring:
There was a heron just west of the Manton viaduct:
Manton Turnover bridge, at the western end of the Osberton estate, is an excellent example of a turnover bridge.
This bird flew across a sheep field in the distance. A passer-by identified it as a buzzard but I thought it was more “kestrelly”.
Some things just catch my fancy. A small copse of conifers full of old cones and new leaf buds next to the towpath.
In all there must have been a dozen herons here, that I saw. So how many there were altogether heaven knows.
The shallow cutting past Osberton Hall and stables is pituresquified by the two bridges:
Osberton lock used to be the home of Nb Pebley, I am told it’s been sold and is now resident at Shireoaks Marina.
There’s snowdrops …
… and feathers …
… and chaffs.
The first, but not the last, sighting of Canada Geese:
All the pictures from the walk are here on Flickr.