Wednesday, 27 January 2021

A reminder of Hatton Locks on our lockdown walk

What is the connection between a rainwater gully in a Norfolk village and the Hatton flight?
The answer: the cast ironwork is made by Ham Baker, the company which made the distinctive paddle gear on the Grand Union from Calcutt to Knowle.
I looked for a photo of mine which shows the Ham Baker lettering on the paddle gear but couldn't find one. Here's a general view of the paddle gear.
I got quite a surprise - and a pang of longing to be working locks again. Yes, even Ham Baker ones (which I like, by the way).

Saturday, 23 January 2021

Signs of hope

Spring is not here yet, but there are plenty of indications that it's on the way.
And here's a shot of sheep at Wymondham Abbey from yesterday's walk.
Looking forward to getting back on the water ... (will that do, Paul?)

Thursday, 21 January 2021

Seeds and sunset

On our walk today we saw seeds getting ready to be dispersed by the wind.

The light was fading, this was the best closeup I got:
We wondered if it was clematis. 

Further on we were treated to a nice red sunset. I liked the sticking-up scaffolding poles and the ribs of the roofs. There's still a large amount of house building happening in our village.
And a couple of mature trees to finish off with.

Sunday, 17 January 2021

Garmin GPS shows where we've walked

Some years ago I bought a Garmin E-Trex GPS handheld device.  The main reason originally was to use it as a speed indicator for the boat, until I realised that the ordinary car satnav would work just as well in that role. It has many display options, not just speed. It gives average speed, distance covered, location and height, as well as times of sunrise and sunset etc.

One page gives a track of where it has been with a zoomable scale.  In the photo below the width of the display represents 1.6 miles; the pattern indicates the various paths and roads we have walked recently.  Our home is approximately in the centre.

Saturday, 16 January 2021

Snow in Norfolk - but not much

It snowed last night and into this morning. We went for our walk in the afternoon, when the snow was already melting. A slushy, slippery walk along the roads.
We saw a few snowmen - and just this one sledge.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

After 31 years my boots are broken in at last

I bought my Armond walking boots in a shop called Kyffin in Bangor, Gwynedd, in 1989. I was on attachment to the BBC there at the time, and wanted something sturdy and reliable so I could do some serious walking in Snowdonia.
As well as the boots the box they came in has somehow lasted down the years. But not the receipt. I seem to remember they cost in the region of £100 which, with inflation, would be £250 today. (I think you'd struggle to spend that much on a pair of walking boots, though.)

But they have been uncomfortable - until this week, that is. My left ankle bone always rubbed and felt bruised. On our latest lockdown walks I have persisted with the boots as they keep my feet warm and dry in all conditions - and a couple of days ago I realised they didn't hurt anymore. Hooray! After 31 years they are broken in at last.

I searched online for the shop where I bought the boots, but Kyffin in Bangor now appears to be a vegetarian restaurant. And before you comment, yes, I know they need some more dubbin!

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Mystery photo revealed

Yes, all those who said robin. This one posed beautifully for me on our walk the other day. Tomorrow I think I shall talk about boots.

Monday, 11 January 2021

Mystery object: more revealed

Here's a little more. It's a common sight.
Enter your guess in the comments below.