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Friday, 20 November 2009

It’s all about the river.

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.

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All the bits of green grass you can see now were under water last night!

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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!

playpark0950..2jpg  The kiddies’ play-park is on the right of the fence.  This afternoon the water has gone down a lot and the trees are again above the river level! 


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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!  inverness, peebles and gifford 136 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.

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Nicer weather, huh?


This is where the path leaves the riverside briefly to go up steps and cutinverness, peebles and gifford 124 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,


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a beech that trails its branches in the river when the water is high. It’s just so graceful!

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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 inverness, peebles and gifford 120bench 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. 

inverness, peebles and gifford 112  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.

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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.inverness, peebles and gifford 106  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….




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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.

1 comment:

Andrew said...

I wish we could get some of your rain here in Sydney Evee. Its still our spring and we have had 3 days where the temperature has been over 38C. Plenty of bush fires around Sydney, so when our summer comes its going to be very bad! I lived at the bottom of Springhill Road and we were saved many times from the floods by the old Caley Station link on the south bank of the Tweed. Maybe a dyke along the other bank would save all that sand bagging. As a fisherman I always liked the floods because I saw it as nature cleaning the river of weeds and dead trees etc and allowing the fish a clear run up the river. But if I had a house near the Tweed I think my view would be different. If you have some time Evee could you take a picture of where the old Caledonian Railway Station was. I had a school friend Dorothy Hall who along with her mother the local hairdresser used to live there. I think it is all houses now.