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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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Colours of sunset (Feb 2016)

The colours of sunset at Powburn

Back in mid-August 2015, I posted some photos of stunning Powburn sunsets.

Well, I’m not sure if you saw the amazing skies around Powburn, looking towards the Cheviots, last night? Margaret noticed them first at around 6.15pm and called me to comae and take a look. They sky was ablaze with ochres, reds, crimsons and deep blues. I took a few shots from my garden and then jumped into my car to rush around to the lane that runs from the A697 just near the Manse towards The Branton Lakes. I had to work quickly, as the light was changing moment by moment. By the time I’d snapped my last photo, at around 6.30pm, it was all over. The sun had dropped behind the hills, leaving the Cheviots illuminated by a grainy, yellow-grey late twilight.

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Rain, rain, go away!

Wet, wet wet!

Rain, rain, go away!

Come again another day;

Little Arthur wants to play.

Like so many people across the country, we woke up in the Breamish Valley yesterday morning (Wed 6 January 2016) to ongoing, relentless downpours. Sooooo:: wet!

Just one mile south of Powburn, the A697 was closed at the Playwell Road – Glanton junction, with a diversion in operation through Glanton village. And, in Powburn village, there was also disruption to traffic owing to flooding. However, the road was just passable with care.

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Storm drains overflowing in Powburn

Storm Frank: storm drains overflowing

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

In the wake of Storm Frank (29 – 30 December 2015), north Northumberland continues to experience heavy rain. The recent storms (beginning with Storm Abigail on 12 December 2015) have caused structural damage, uplifted several trees, destroyed iconic views, left fields flooded and a number of roads currently barely passable.

On the evening of 3 December 2015, local residents helped to avert flooding in Powburn. However, the relentless rain over the past few days continues to cause concern for Powburn residents. Several of the storm drains are blocked. There are problems with more than a few drains around Powburn but a number on the A697 South of the village are causing concern.

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