‘Hefalumps’ in a time of pandemic.

Natalie and I are determined to take a good walk each day in order to keep fit come what may. Today’s walk was a new one for us. It was prompted by something my older son said about a walk he, his partner and our granddaughter take along the river. As it happened, it took us into the realm of ‘hefalumps’ (see below).

What follows is a brief record of some aspects of our walk along a short stretch of the east bank of the River Avon.

Some measure of the volume of flotsam that accumulates along the river bank.

The insert here shows buds appearing on the branches of what appears to be a log of driftwood. The urge to grow seems to have overridden the fact that the entity as a whole is now cut off from what originally enabled it to grow.

The path we followed has these sturdy iron bollards placed at regular intervals along it. As the inset shows, these are dated 1980 – only sixty years ago. They would appear to be for tethering boats of some kind, but what exactly I don’t know. Nor does that seem to make a great deal of sense, given the range of the rise and fall of the tide here.

In the storms a few weeks back, we lost this small cluster of trees. Fortunately there are plans to plant trees all along the bank opposite. The first couple of dozen saplings have already gone in – as it happens my younger son and his partner helped plant some of them.