It’s often said that us Brits are obsessed with the weather. It’s true, always the starting point of any conversation no matter what’s going on in the world. I’m as guilty as the rest of my country folk. Too hot, too cold, too wet, too windy (I particularly hate strong wind). So it’s fitting that I sit here typing this post as the rain pours down and the winds build up to gale force, nice. So when things are pleasant you have to make the most. Here’s a few shots from recent walks.
This old water mill on the North Walsham & Dilham canal used to make animal feed. It was run by Cubitt & Walker from 1869 to as recently as 1998. It then became a bit of an eyesore until it was turned into luxury apartments overlooking the mill pond. The lock is to the left by the road bridge.
A couple of years back I featured in a post a cute, teddy bear faced deer with fangs, https://blhphotoblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/01/an-anniversary-upton-fen/ Well this is the other mini deer I mentioned then, the Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi). They were introduced to Woburn estate in Bedfordshire in 1838. Not much bigger than a retriever dog they soon got fed up, escaped, and started to explore the country, breeding merrily along the way. They are now considered a pest in places as they munch through trees and crops. Can often be seen having their final sleep besides or in roads.
Competition time. Who can name the mystery plant above. What’s the prize I hear you ask? I’ll think about it. There were two patches of these by the canal and I don’t recall seeing them before. I’ve checked my wild flower books without luck so maybe a garden escapee?
Newsflash. Evening update. CJ over in Holland (https://thecedarjournal.com/) has identified the plant it is, drum roll, petasites japonicus otherwise know as Giant Butterbur or Sweet-coltsfoot. Not native to the UK you should see what the above plant grows into! Visit google to check it out.
Last Sunday’s walk broke new ground. Rose added in a new loop to our canal hike which brought us in at just over 10 miles (16km). I felt that one! But the sun unexpectedly broke through so it was very enjoyable. Take care all.