No I didn’t miss the ‘S’ off showers though I am stretching a point as it has just stopped raining. We are just outside the town of Haltwhistle parked on the banks of the South Tyne. We were here last year and enjoyed endless fun or was it frustration trying to get pictures of Woodpecker and Dippers. I’m a glutton for punishment.
Not any real photographs today……………Shut up!…….I can hear you…………..”Never stopped him posting before!”…………It’s not kind to mock the afflicted.
The South Tyne looking downstream. A murky picture…………it’s a murky day. To be honest, as I write this the sun is out and it’s a lovely late afternoon. A bit on the breezy side for a barbeque but tea is already on……..
(For those of culinary inclination it’s smoked mackerel and chopped hard boiled egg. When I’ve got this post out into the ether I’ll stir fry some spring cabbage and onion and stir the whole lot together with sour cream. I don’t need carbohydrates today as I bought a sticky bun for lunch and stopped at a roadside van for a sausage and egg sandwich for breakfast…….horrible the latter was but the dogs enjoyed it.)
The South Tyne looking upstream………….this is better but not much. There is a North Tyne and the confluence is just outside Hexham. It then becomes the Tyne and wanders it’s way eastwards to the North Sea at Newcastle Upon Tyne.
It’s a good job our present coalition weren’t in charge when this was decided. They would have been a year working it out.
Nick “Well it swings a bit south just before Hexham.”
David “It swings back North again.”
David “ We can’t afford to fall out…….Who gives a …k what it’s called we’ll have referendum. Let the people decide. I’ve always had this dream of the big society”
Nick “I’m glad I got you on board…….let the people decide I like that. Then it’s their fault. After all, a year ago neither of us expected to be in a position of responsibility.”
David “ You got me on board?…… No problem. Don’t get upset. We’ll have a referendum! Let the people decide. When all is said and done we’ll be sitting here creaming in the dosh whilst they pay. That’s only fair and that is the BIG SOCIETY!!
Got distracted. The other reason for visiting are these pools………….sounds better than swamp………..last year they were host to dozens of Toads and Frogs……..no sign of them today but hopefully they will reappear before I go. There are a series of these and they are either an Oxbow lake or an Oxbow wood. We are parked on a mini flood plain.
The woodland is predominantly Silver Birch with the odd conifer thrown in. As one wanders up the hill the woodland is much more mature with proper trees. No good asking me! Come and see for yourselves. This Beech adds colour, amazing how they hang on to their dead leaves.
Tomorrow the forecast is for a general improvement so I’ll get the feeders out and see what is about. Already today a Shell Duck flying over the river and amazingly what looked like a couple of House Martins. Neither of them will visit my feeders, though last week a male Mallard did with catastrophic result…. To the feeder, he was fine, I know nothing about birds but do know ducks can’t perch on feeders……………he does now.
This is Fridays Crossword it’s only very small so as not to annoy. I can’t finish it. Help! Got one today haven’t finished that either.
We’ll see what tomorrow brings……Have a grand week.