9 February 2016

Wild winds and water meadows

Powderham Cork Oak avenue

A break in the clouds and escape from the confines of the garage this afternoon. On my home patch of Devon there is plenty to see on a short round trip to Topsham to check progress of the Thames Barge under slow renovation.  Little to report in the past few months sorry to say. 

Trout's boat yard

From the quay the Pride of Exmouth steams up as far as the barge, loaded with bird watchers  spotting from the comfort of the top deck, telescopes to hand. All on board dressed against the chill wind. At low tide there was barely enough water to reach this point. 

The pride of Exmouth

Despite the gales and wet, spring has sprung very early. Early Arctic Terns are here already, crocus and daffodils in bloom too.

Thames Barge under renovation

Years of hard work still to be done

Stern timbers exposed

Funds still being raised 

Looking south down the Exe towards Exmouth

Golf course regularly grazed by geese

Escaping the Arctic shores and Siberian winter

Gale force westerlies approaching

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