A late May Sunday, we forced ourselves out of the house despite feeling tired and lazy and initially walked to the Sunday market. Phil nipped in the newsagents while I looked at a few new stalls along the roadside.
He came over and was taken by the posh pie stall with a massive queue of punters being fleeced (which later prompted us to consider ideas for selling stuff to idiots). I said he would be better off going to the bakers, where we bought pastries at a third of the price. We then walked up to Commercial Street and admired structured flower beds and bees.
Continuing up Keighley Road and into Nutclough, we noted several changes since our last visit in January (I don’t remember ever visiting in May before; we usually go further on our walks at this time of year).
A profusion of greenery created a picturesque frame for the iron gate. Through the gate, we took the lower path and up steps overgrown with more greenery and yellow flowers.
Coming back up, bluebells edged the path and populated an area above a wall opposite, creating a forest amongst the ferns.
We proceeded down to the water where newly placed stones made it a lot easier to cross to the ‘island’. Amongst the waterlogged ground we found more grasses and flowers. A woman with a small dog came to talk to us and suggested going further up the clough. I thanked her and said we did know the area.
We wandered around a while then sat on the sunken bench to eat our pies and enjoy the reflections of sky and branches in the water. The scene was marred somewhat by a man with three kids playing at the other side of the stream, as he allowed a small boy pee in plain sight – not something you want to see when you’re eating your lunch!
A more pleasant distraction was found in a moth that resembled a leaf. As it settled on a nearby plant, we vied with each other for the best spot to get a close-up shot. My efforts were appalling but earlier I had captured a tiny moth among a clump of small white flowers.
We then walked towards the weir and turned sharp left to take the path up, admiring the large sycamore as we reached the treetops.
On arriving at the row of houses on Sandy Gate, we walked back along the road for a short time before taking a shortcut down a path and through the car park of the Birchcliffe Centre.
Back in town, we crossed the busy pedestrian area and went down by the river to look at crows and pigeons behaving strangely in the late afternoon sun.
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