OK! That was about as high as the water actually came last night. So here are a few pics of how it looked at around 9.30 this morning.
All the bits of green grass you can see now were under water last night!
A line of sandbags was eventually put out to veer the flood water away from the street, but all that area of green was a-wash, except for a tiny triangle from just to the left of where you can see someone on the pathway, to the tree to the left of him, to the end of the path where the sandbags leave the road!
And on the other side of Tweed Bridge, the swimming pool, on the site of the old Tweed Mill, narrowly escaped the flood waters, just by a couple of feet. The remains of the mill wall and the path are clear again, but there is a line of leaf debris to show just how high the water came.
A few days ago after the last high water I went for a walk along that path past the pool and up to where the Cuddy meets Tweed! The water is still higher than usual, as normally kiddies feeding the ducks are able to go right down to stand where the ducks are swimming in this photo.
Nicer weather, huh?
This is where the path leaves the riverside briefly to go up steps and cut along in front of the Hay Lodge, once the home of the prominent Hay family and now part of the Health Board…and that’s my favourite tree,
a beech that trails its branches in the river when the water is high. It’s just so graceful!
This is the Hay Lodge, its side windows in the round wall, looking out at the river.
As the path by the water beyond here was pretty muddy, I turned to go back by the same route and saw that it was a good day for sitting on a bench just watching, as Tweed flowed gently down to the weir – the cauld as it is known in Scots. It takes the cauld at speed then settles down for a fairly determined run down under the bridge and on past Peebles.
Just at the bridge the river was still trickling over the edge of its bank . All that greenery was covered in water last night. It’s the bit just outside the swimming pool, but it was fairly gentle the other day.
Here’s some of the leaf debris showing how high the river came last time. It’s amazing to think that all that green area was flooded last night, and the debris today was way behind that bench. The bench couldn’t even be seen last night, and lots of leaves and twigs were caught in it when the water retreated. I should think the river water also poured into the wishing well too last night, but the other day the water had been nowhere near it….
and here’s the bridge with the swimming pool just visible through the arch, and the path where I stood last night to take pictures because I couldn’t go any further for the flood water. We never dreamt that it would reach that point and get even higher a few days later!
Talk again soon.