|Pair of Mandarin Ducks on River Wharfe|
Sunday, 8 May 2011
Yesterday was a day off, so naturally, I forced himself out for another walk. Forcing is probably the wrong word, since he likes walking as much as I, and he's been doing it 25 years longer than me.
We'd looked at the weather forecast, and it promised light showers on Saturday and heavy rain on Sunday, so naturally we decided to walk Saturday. Peter had had one all lined up for us, past Bolton Abbey along the River Wharfe and then up to Simon's Seat.
Well they lied about the "light" showers. They were heavy showers, which of course started at the same time we did. That is, as we started to walk, it started to drizzle, and by the time we were a good couple of miles along the way, it was chucking it down.
Anyway, on the moor I got to see cotton grass, bilberries and grouse. When we came down again, along the river were a grey heron, greylag geese, red legged partridges, sand martins, a goosander with her chicks and more mandarin ducks. It was all brilliant. I'm still learning about the birds and plants as I am not very well educated on that score. I can't wait to go out again, but it may be a little while until we are both free.