Thursday 10 November 2016

Rainbows over Thrupp Wharf Marina

We're back on the boat again - hooray! Although we won't be spending a huge amount of time actually on board, as we're driving up the M1 tomorrow ready for the AGM of the Boaters' Christian Fellowship on Saturday; then it's back to MK for Josiah's dedication service on Sunday and another trip up the M1 on Monday to visit Andrew and Becky.

The boat has suffered a little from the ingress of rainwater, especially on the floor by the front doors. I'm not sure where this water is coming from; it could be round the doors or through the ventilation grilles at the bottom of the doors. Some water is also still leaking past a window frame, despite the application of Capt. Tolley's Creeping Crack Cure. The rest of the boat was fine, I'm glad to say!

The combination of sunshine and rain led to a fine double rainbow over the marina; the outer rainbow not visible in my photos. And, by the time I got outside, much of this rainbow had disappeared.

My compact camera goes pretty wide, but not quite wide enough for an entire rainbow.

Friday 4 November 2016

Pylons and sunset

I couldn't resist this shot of sunset behind the pylons.

Thursday 3 November 2016

National Grid helicopter

Jan and I went for another local walk yesterday. As we left the house we could hear a helicopter nearby. The noise stayed fairly constant, indicating that it was probably hovering. Air Ambulance? Police? We walked towards the sound and saw that the helicopter was neither ambulance yellow nor police blue. It was this, a National Grid machine.

It seemed to be gradually working its way along a run of transmission lines. Was it surveying the lines themselves? Or the pylons?

Or was it surveying the land for a new set of power lines to connect to a new offshore windfarm? These transmission lines have only very recently been upgraded (five years ago), as I wrote about here.

Tuesday 1 November 2016

November poppy

We went for a walk near home this afternoon and came across poppies in a field of crops.

I thought they were an early summer flower, but November is an appropriate month.

We enjoyed the autumn leaves.

Plenty of holly berries for the birds.

And a few rose hips.

The photo makes it look frosty/misty, but it wasn't. It drizzled a bit this morning but our walk was dry and still on the mild side.