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River Breamish flotsam

River Breamish flotsam of trees

tree wrecks

flounder,

washed in rushing runs;

dither,

lifeless;

clogged

and worn out:

a journey to the sea

After Storm Frank and the wet, wet wet weather, we had a break in the rain again yesterday and that strange golden orb in the sky that we haven’t seen for so long, shone awhile.

Desmond demolishes iconic view

The gales and heavy rains of Storm Desmond that have been sweeping across the UK over the past few days have been wreaking havoc. However, the effects in the Breamish Valley have been manageable (unlike the conditions for many people in the West of England who are still recovering from flooding of their homes). On 3 December, potential flooding in Powburn was averted by the swift action of local residents. There was also a power outage in Powburn and surrounding villages overnight on 4-5 December for about 20 hours. And, as the high winds continued, a number of trees have been damaged and toppled.

Cherry red

Cherry red, golden brown – a favourite season!

It’s little wonder that Autumn is so many people’s favourite season.

Leaves are ablaze with colour. And everywhere in the Breamish Valley there’s an extravagant firework display of ochres, glinting golds, coppers and rich reds.

Sloe news day!

Sloe news: blackthorn fruit

Since the first flowering of blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) in Spring the Autumn can now boast a few handfuls of sloes – the fruit of the blackthorn.

Blackthorn is a deciduous shrub/tree growing to about 5m in height. Its very dark, almost black bark, and the profusion of large, stiff thorns give it its name.

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