This out-of-the-way ramshackle small holding is set in a dip below the railway embankment with a track leading through the tunnel beyond to the River Goyt and Roman Lakes. I hardly ever see a soul during the hour and a half of a late afternoon walk with Gunner.
Impatient water, proud viaduct, call of a fox, neigh of a horse, trill of a robin, caw of a crow, crunch of boot on gravel, report of a shotgun, buzz of a chainsaw, growl of a tractor, blackbird rustling the leaf litter, bark of a stray dog, far off voice calling a beloved horse to hand, trees creaking, rattle of a passing train, stumps of recently felled trees, an old footpath re-established, wood-piles left to birds and bugs, cushioning wood chippings underfoot, the stoic rhythm of a narrowboat engine, wood smoke on the air, glow from a far off cottage window, welcoming navigation light, smoke lazily drifting from a boat chimney (mine), daylight gone, Gunner nuzzling my hand in the darkness; just some of the sights and sounds from an evening walk.
31st Jan 2012, 11:41
That cloud is level with us. The wonder of 'weather'
27th Jan 2012, 12:23
1300hrs - snow, hail, lightning and thunder (all at once)!
27th Jan 2012, 12:01
1. Steps leading down beneath the aqueduct. I took this photo as the light was fading fast, highlighting the atmospheric dampness of the mist hanging heavy in the air on the path below.
2. Below the aqueduct.
3. Water leaking from the canal bed and through the stone wall of the aqueduct.
4. A close-up of the leak.
This leak has been steadily getting worse in the four years since we first came became aware of it, so it's good to see the work finally being undertaken to hopefully seal the leak once and for all.
The leak is due to be repaired during February when this section will be de-watered to carry out a repair to reinstate the integrity of the canal bed above the aqueduct.
26th Jan 2012, 22:56