Friday, 5 May 2017

Shotford to Mendham and back

Still cool and grey but it's getting late in the Spring so it's time to paddle, downstream from Shotford launch point to Mendham Weir, against a brisk NE wind then back up to the starting point with a following breeze to help up the shingle riffles.






























Thursday, 27 April 2017

North shore of the Blyth Estuary

High water on the Blyth a couple of days ago. Just walked south on the footpath on the west bank of Wolsey's Creek. Nice out of the wind when the sun shone... Most of the water is less than a foot deep at the top of the tide.


High Water on the Blyth Estuary from Petro Dobromylskyj on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Mouse in Reydon Wood
































A few more flowers from Reydon Wood

This Yellow Archangel was looking very fresh and colourful









































As was the Violet























And the Selfheal












Wood Amenomes in Reydon Wood




































Reydon Wood Early Purple Orchids

A bright and blustery day in the shelter of Reydon Wood, looking for Early Purple Orchids. They're there.























This one just getting started























And this one must have been one of the first to flower


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Winks Meadow yesterday

Got to Winks Meadow yesterday and the Green Winged Orchids are out:






Monday, 27 March 2017

Weybread Weir dried out

The automated sluice control at the main face of Weybread Weir is out of action so the main drop is dry:

















Which means the river bed is dry below the weir, looking upstream from the footbridge























or downstream from the bridge























All of the water is going over the old lock sluice, just possible as a bump and scrape with a serious lean back...























It was nice to get a decent look at the structure



close to













Friday, 17 February 2017

Spring canoeing

Beautiful morning yesterday with SW breeze and sunshine. Paddled with Mike Sherwen from Billingford to Syleham. It was a good day, full of herons, buzzards and another day-flying barn owl. Fantastic.

About 0.43 on the gauge.





































































Friday, 3 February 2017

On the marshes

Nice circular walk across the Haddiscoe Marshes a couple of days ago:























Having left the map at home I took a turn off on to the marsh one track too early so ended up on the wrong side of the dyke. Which meant a cautious step across a ligger:























And then a rather more cautious bum shuffle, feet first, over this ropey, tilted, slippery and very creaky plank into a bramble thicket to get back to the track proper!























The walk back, correctly located on a footpath, was much easier!














































At the edge of the marsh was a lovely patch of feral woodland:
















Even if it was rather damp under foot:




Canoe bathtime

Getting ready for some reinforcement panels inside and a coat of varnish all over. Spring is on the way!






Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Low water on the Blyth

Heading for the beach at Walberswick we stopped for a quick picture of the Blyth at low tide, looking east after scrambling over the dyke from the A12


















And at Walberswick







Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Hoxne Weir with 0.37m on the gauge

A mild day in mid December for a paddle from Syleham up to the weir at Hoxne for the waterslide

Waterslide at Hoxne with 0.34m on the gauge from Petro Dobromylskyj on Vimeo.

Below Hoxne Weir there is 1/4 of a mile of little gravel riffles to the mill house. After this is is deeper and slower but soon you meet a killer of a low tree. A solid tree trunk right across the whole river, you could get under it at very low levels or over it at very high levels, but I've had to portage it at mid levels.

IT'S GONE!

Happy happy, thank you to who ever removed it. Environment Agency?????

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Roaring Arch bridge again

Roaring Arch Bridge with 0.25m on the gauge. Less of a bump and scrape than last time, unfortunately no 'yak today...










































Monday, 21 November 2016

Needham with just under 0.5m on the gauge at Billingford

Yesterday at Needham


Needham Weir from Petro Dobromylskyj on Vimeo.

River Waveney at Shotford, Needham and Syleham with just under 0.5m on the Billingford gauge

First flood of the Autumn, should have cleared the weed chokes:

Shotford Bridge  with the river full but only just over the banks in a few places























Looking down stream from the launch point steps

















Needham Weir looking unpleasant but not too lethal

















Syleham House in panorama






Syleham Back Channel as it approaches the road bridge to rejoin the main stream