It was a beautiful, sunny early morning, as we rode over to Thornaby . Dew on the grass almost looked like frost, as it was so abundant. We rode through the estate to the cycle track and did a bit more pruning, as we still had the gardening tools in the handlebar bags.
Setting off down the hill to the river, we hadn’t gone far when we saw a roe deer bound out of the long grass and onto the path. We pulled up immediately and I don’t know who was the more suprised, the deer or us. It had a look of pure fear in its eyes, a bit like a rabbit caught in car headlights, before it shot into the other side.
This isn’t the one we saw, it was too quick to photograph but looked just like this one. It was the size of a large dog and it’s hooves clicked skittishly on the path.
We stopped again at the bottom of the hill and did a bit more pruning and so it went on until we reached the river crossing in Stockton. It was good to pass the places we had cropped yesterday without any garrotting. We haven’t seen any seals in the river Tees for a few weeks despite keeping our eyes open for them .
This time last year we were picking brambles along the river path nearly every day but none are ready yet. We are looking as we collected pounds last year and have just finished the last of the ones we froze. We are also looking out for the apples on trees we found last year. I doubt it will be the same though , as last year was a bumper crop.
Passing through Albert Park, we noticed that the water has receded from the path. There has been so much heavy rain in the afternoons that the lake overflowed onto the cycle track but the sun will be shining for the next couple of days and I don’t have to work. Whippee! We hope to get out riding for a while each day.