In between, I watched the mindblowing film "Interstellar" which is so magnificent that I would be doing you all a major mis-service by not urging you to watch it a thousand times immediately.
There is a lot of water around today, and to be honest, I'm not entirely sure why. We haven't had that much rain here compared to other times of the winter, yet today when I went to the park, Devon Pasture was half underwater!
That's going to make for a fun Parkrun on Saturday.
Later, my afternoon run took me out to Hawton and Farndon through the fields behind Grange Road - I'm still frustrated I can't get out towards Cotham on the Sustrans 64 thanks to the relief road project. Once again, redwing were about in reasonable numbers in the hedgerows, and periwinkle has come into flower too.
The trails were muddy, but I had my trailies on and as the sun began to say I had made in into Farndon. But when I tried to run along Wyke Lane, I noticed flood signs out, and the Lane and large parts of Willow Holt nature reserve were underwater. Snowdrops and daffodils peaked sadly out from the water, well, this is what you get during an early spring.
I diverted round, but decided not to run along the river back to town. I didn't have my bright orange water wings.
It was when I got back into Newark that I found my star of the day. A white shape over the river near the marina and rowing club resolved itself into a barn owl, quartering the meadow between the Trent and Farndon Road. I was thrilled to see it flying towards me, me partially hidden by a hawthorn hedge, and it was no more than twenty metres away when it suddenly dropped out of the sky into the long grass. I could only see the bird's back by this point, but it was still on the ground when I continued my run, so I'm guessing it found a rodent or frog to munch down on.
A beautiful bird, a ghost of the twilight, and surprisingly large looking in the air!
All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 10.02.16
|Or rather Devon paddy fields|
|Over the A46|
|In peak shape|
|Wet Willow Holt|
|Watery Wyke Lane|
|More of Willow Holt|
|The way to the Boathouse restaurant|
|Waterside pub seat|