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First snow (Autumn 2016)

First snow!

Well, the last few days has seen a fairly dramatic change in temperature along Breamish Valley. After some quite balmy, sunny spells just a few weeks ago, the night time temperatures have dropped to such a low that we’ve seen the first substantial lay of snow on the Cheviots.

A trip along the valley, from Powburn to Linhope, is a great way to take in different views of the snow-topped hills.

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To Autumn

To Autumn

John Keats (1795-1821)

[First published in 1820, this poem is in the public domain.]

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.

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Powburn bench restored

Bench restored

[All images © Robbie Burn 2016 – used with permission]

Several months ago the community bench alongside the A697 and opposite the Breamish Hall was damaged.

Well Sid Smailes, who does a great job of looking after the Powburn Community Garden, has restored it. The wooden slats have been re-varnished and the metal end supports have been sanded down and treated with an appropriate metal paint.

I’m sure you’ll agree that Sid’s done a great job!

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Pebbles galore

Pebbles galore along Breamish Valley

Now that the slightly warmer weather is drying the ground, and the fact the we’ve seen less rain over the past few days, the bed of the River Breamish is becoming more exposed…revealing it’s thousands upon thousands of granite pebbles and boulders.

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Harthope Valley (Spring 2016)

Sister valley still flowering

About this time last  year, I took a walk with Margaret and my good friend Paul along the Harthope Valley – our sister valley. Well, we repeated it again this year. And, once more, we were not disappointed.

South-west of the market town of Wooler (just 8 miles from the Breamish Valley), the Harthope Valley’s burns trickle and flow through high hills. And in Spring each year they are marked along their length by tumbles of bright yellow gorse.

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