Saturday 29 September 2012

The Big One (25-3)

Saturday the 29th of September 2012

Sykehouse Junction.

The clouds cleared away in the night and the temperature fell like a stone. Poppy wanted to go out in the night and even against the backdrop of a full moon, the stars were shining bright. I had forgotten just how dark it gets here at Sykehouse Junction. It always comes as a surprise how good the view of the night sky can be without any nearby light pollution. So whilst poppy did her thing, I was looking up at the night sky. If it had not been for getting out of a nice warm bed. I might have been tempted into stayed up a bit longer.

Then a Tawny Owl started calling so as I zipped up the pram cover, I did stop for a little while to listen. After a while it was clear that there were three birds calling, two others were very feint and somewhere off in the distance. This was followed by some Geese in the nearby fields having a bit of a verbal dispute. Then we were passed by what appeared to be an empty trip boat going at some speed. By the time I got back into bed I was quite chilled - but it was worth it.

The nearby fields are still flooded and seem to have changed little since we were last here in the spring. The clay pigeon shooting continues a pace and can be a bit noisy depending on the wind direction. We had a visit from Steph whilst we were in Goole. As an environmental consultant working for a large multi-national company. Steph just happened to be doing an environmental study around this area in the direction of Pollington lock. This meant she was working late at night. However the wet weather was doing its best to dampen her spirit!

Shaggy Inkcap
Sunrise was quite a bright one as there was not a single cloud in the sky. The wind has built up a bit overnight. After breakfast we took the dogs for a walk along the towpath. 

The autumn is here as are the good, the bad and the fungi! We spotted what we believe to be a fine specimen of the "Shaggy Inkcap" Mushroom. Standing about 150mm high and about 40mm at the base of the fruiting head.

We also spotted another mushroom whose identity we have not established yet. Possibly one of the "Conocybe" mushrooms and is about 30mm across the fruiting head and stands about 50mm high. 

Wildlife: The best spot today was a Jay that spent about half an hour at the side of the boat feeding on stuff in the grass. My guess is that like the Green Woodpecker it may have been feeding upon ants. There are several Oak trees here so acorns would also be on the list.

I have created a poll that will run between now and the 1st of January 2013. It's not very scientific. Its a simple question "Will CART Succeed". You have three choices Yes, Unsure and No. Now you can vote for one of the three choices. If you change your mind before the poll closing date. You can come back and change your vote. (I wish we could do that for politicians) You will find the poll option on the right hand side just below the members pictures.

Daily Total
Miles: 0.0
Locks: 0
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 0.0

Accumulated Totals
Miles: 1291.7
Locks: 866
Swing / Lift Bridges: 161
Tunnels. 22
Pump Outs: 14
Engine Hours: 2468.7


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