A cold and breezy day of sunshine and very heavy showers today. One of our reasons for visiting the van this week was to meet up with old friends who had come up and were staying in the local pub. After a relaxing breakfast (aren't they always!) we packed for the day and drove to the nearby village of Stavely where we met them in the interesting Mill Yard for coffee at Wilf's, one of our favourite eateries situated in the Mill's old bobbin loft.
Once it had stopped raining (one of the frequent torrential showers had arrived as we ate) we set off for a walk along the river Kent. It is always a very pleasant place for a walk and usually produces some pleasing photographs and interesting wildlife. The light at times today was superb, in between the showers, and we saw pied wagtail, wood anemone, drifts of pale pink ladies smock, goosander and oystercatcher. Goosander is one of my favourites; handsome large, black and white ducks and members of the sawbill group of waterfowl, the male has a glossy black head with glints of green and a superb crest.
Having finished the walk we were going back to Wilf's for tea and stickies but sadly John's car was stuck in the soft ground and took a great deal of extracting. By this time Wilf's had closed so we retired to our caravan for tea before showers and an evening meal at The Water Mill at nearby Ings, where the others were staying.
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