Friday, 12 November 2010
This week we have had over three inches of rain and our rivers are full and overflowing. The river in our dale is the River Ure (the dale used to be called Yoredale, the old spelling of Ure)and this afternoon the farmer and I crossed it as we went to collect various feed from our feed merchant. Tess insisted on sitting on my knee and looking out of the window for the whole of the journey.
I took a couple of photographs which really don't show you just how full and terrifying it is. As I went up onto the bridge to take the photographs the noise was like an express train. The bridge itself, Ulshaw Bridge, is also interesting as it was originally a packhorse bridge and has a sundial dated 1674 on it - I took a photograph of that too.
We stopped and took Tess for a short walk in a pretty little wood, where they have recently been sawing down some of the trees. She loved scuffing through the leaves and had great fun. I managed to get a photograph of the farmer and Tess on our way back. Also took one of the field opposite, which has marvellous terracing, which most likely goes back to medieval times.
The weather is still very unsettled but the forecast is slightly better for tomorrow - a shooting day for the farmer and for me a trip to a gallery to see an Embroidery exhibition. More about that tomorrow.