|Morning Musings Directory|
|Season 5 – Winter 2020|
|Series 5– Starting Anew|
|Friday 012th February 2021 – Walk Time 35Mins|
|“Who will feed the ducks?”|
I kicked my arse today and made myself go for a walk … if l didn’t at least try and trial the walking how would l know the conditions of outside? Well you wouldn’t know would you? You can’t base or judge the back of the house and the garden, because whilst that garden enjoys a lot of ‘summer sun’, we are in winter and that sun is lesser than normal. That garden will probably be completely thawed out as in no trace of snow by Tuesday pending completely upon the temperatures attained during the defrost.
But outside the front of the house, l am on the ‘right side’ of the road as far as the thawing sun goes and that is thawing out very nicely indeed, in fact the whole street is thawed … but not all streets were thawed the same way.
This morning’s walk was a small one not even a full 3000 steps circuit as the basic walk simply couldn’t be achieved on account of some parts of the Ramparts still being completely iced up and not just dangerous but deadly and treacherous and only the fool would walk that way … l may be many things, but l am not that foolish!
The Ramparts is comprised of four quarters but five walks – reflectively of course who you ask and how they walk it. For me … it comprises of lower and upper middle sections and three curves or Strand St , The Butts , The Ropewalk , The Millwall  and The Bulwark . Looking above you can see the circuit itself – however the yellow is actually the parts of the circuit l was simply unable to even step foot on due to severe iced conditions and so had to take a left after reaching the end of The Ropewalk and walking back to the house via New Street and in essence only really completing around 1800 steps, but still better than a kick to the head for not trying. As to when the two parts of the frozen Ramparts are clear is anyone’s guess, they are hidden in winter shadows and don’t enjoy the richness of winter sun’s that often.
The wind!! Oh the wind, winds were bitingly cold and everything despite thawing or defrosting is bitten to the core by the cold blasts themselves. When l first stepped out, l was chilled to the bone and had to come back in and don another much thicker layer over my top underneath my coat.
The Delf Stream, better known as the Ramparts moat that runs alongside the Butts and the Ropewalk was frozen solid, not just slightly iced like a few weeks ago, but solid and there were only two – three places where it was still a free running stream otherwise it was just an ice rink for the local residents!
The ducks came out of their unfrozen waters to greet me and l did feel sorry for them .. l had no feed to offer them, and it appeared that no one of the usual feeders had visited them today, mind you it was still early … but l did wonder who would feed the ducks? When they realised l was not the one, they turned their backs and forlornly waddled back to the waters!
However all that aside, it was a nice walk even if extremely cold! It was good to get out of the house for a while.
Anyway, thanks for reading, catch you again.