On Water vii

East wind pulls and catches

ruffles feathers disrupts flow

sky colours in gaps

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CLP 16/04/2021

On Water iv

streaked willow shade

riffled river disrupts light

sun flakes; sparks from flint

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CLP 13/04/2021

Sun Dial

what time was it when

Sun projected pine shadows

on warm warehouse bricks

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CLP 07/04/2021

On The Surface

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Down by the quayside

where fishermen know to sit

young seal making hay

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n.b. I had heard of this young pup’s arrival a week ago and today I saw it surface a few times. Despite the snow in the wind, a woman had taken her coat off to sit on it on the grass embankment and watch the seal diving. It is remarkable how long these creatures can sustain a dive while fishing. It would then pop up its head and have a look around while recharging its lungs. Goodness knows what it finds underwater here, possibly the hire bikes from the city’s first less than secure public cycle scheme of a few years back.

There have been precious few boats on The Broads for over a year and so the river has become a safe navigation for this seal and who knows how many others. It must have found somewhere to rest up too, seals like lolling around on a beach or mudflat for long periods between diving for fish.

Things will change soon, as holidays within the UK become the thing for a while, so these waters will become quite busy, then where will this seal go? Similarly, I wonder how the otters further upstream, even closer to the city centre, will fare.

On Water

Inundation flows

finds a level then settles

serene water fowl

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n.b. Today a bitter northerly brought snow to the air and pushed the tide higher, so that the rivers spilled into low pasture, ducks, geese and swans followed.

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CLP 05/04/2021

Spring (Day 11):

We wait by the Wensum. We wait for the kingfisher. We are not disappointed as it flies past twice, breaking its return journey to rest on the buddleja opposite for a few seconds.

Later, I wait and watch again. A family gather pointing at silver blue in the bushes across the water. They realise it is a drinks can. They move on, the father explaining that kingfishers were reported to be in the area recently.

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CLP

At the Exit

Clocks have changed to British Summer Time. The Sun has come out. A strong southerly wind brings warmth to Norfolk.

People are out and about, the sound of children playing in the local park competes with goldfinches, blackbirds, chaffinches and the blue and great tits. An otter has been seen in the Wensum nearby and a large seal has come up river from the sea to nose around the old wharfside.

Daffodils, primroses jostle for attention, bluebells are preparing to make an entrance.

A day to savour. Not the end of Lockdown 3, but a step towards another way of living.

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n.b. And I have just seen two bats spinning by my windows.

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CLP 29/03/2021

L3 (Day 81.8): Garden

Cherry tree blooms pink, so pink it’s almost punk. Colour splashed across a grey day.

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CLP 28/03/2021

L3 (Day 81.6): Bicycle

Gentle rotations. Wending through the old city. Taking in the architecture. Contemplating history and herstory.

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CLP 28/03/2021

L3 (Day 80): Thorpe St. Andrew

There are some large spaces even within close reach of this compact city. Up here beyond Mousehold Heath there is high ground that contains swathes of abandoned land, fenced off, left to dereliction.

Who owns it? What grand plans do they have? Who knows? Somebody must.

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CLP 27/03/2021