Dare I mention it was sunny today. First thing in the morning, when I drove up the hill, there was not a cloud in the sky. I had to laugh when I saw one of the horses in the field completely stretched out on his side. It was only the twitching ears and the eyes that followed me as I drove past which indicated that this was not a deceased horse. My early drive out was for a physio appointment at the hospital. This was with an experienced physiotherapist who took full notes of all my various aches and pains and has given me some exercises to do before my next appointment. She is also going to make sure that I get an appointment to see my original soft tissue specialist, the one whose injections actually worked.
With our variable weather it has to be 'Carpe diem' so with an even better day than yesterday we headed out for another walk.
A few miles further up the coast than Heddon's Mouth is the steeply wooded valley of Watersmeet, one of Britain's deepest river valleys, where the East Lyn and Hoar Oak Water join before flowing out to sea at Lynmouth.
There were a lot of people at down Watersmeet and the expensive but nice NT tea-rooms were doing a good trade.
The water level in both rivers was very low but the sound of rushing water still filled the valley drowning out all but the loudest birds.
At times our walk took us down by the river,
then the path would climb the hillside and the river would suddenly be 200ft below us.
We stopped at Crook Pool to eat our lunch. Midges were dancing over the water and occasionally a trout would snatch one from the surface. A pair of ducks swam along and dabbled under the stones of the little beach.
Yesterday it was the steep bare hills on either side of us that were stunning. Today the water and the trees were bigger and taller making them the most impressive features of our walk. Lower down the trees rose up like nature's cathedral carpeted with bluebells and ferns. Another lovely walk.