Two very different days at Linford Bottom. Heavy overnight rain on the 17th left the lovely Linford valley flooded. Two days later, the floods have receded and the valley is flooded with sunlight.
Submerged roots of a tree that usually stands on the bank of the brook.
Slightly to the left – I normally cross here, easily forded in wellies even when the brook is up, but I don’t think I’ll be going across today!.
Further down, the brook generally rushes quietly over the gravel bed, but today we have whirlpools.
From the road bridge, the river is three times its normal width as can be seen in the photos of our walk at Linford on the 10th January.
The way back home is no less flooded, right across the road at Linford Green. Thank goodness for the 4×4!
Two days later on the 19th…
The tree has its roots back and the flood water is reduced to a puddle…
…and I can get across the ford without flooded wellies again.
Further down again, the whirlpool has gone and the gentle stream is restored.
It’s a beautiful frosty morning and even the tiniest leaves are coated with diamonds.