It was a cool, slightly damp morning as we set out along the Cromford Canal starting at Cromford Wharf.
Calm returned for a short while
We spotted what we thought was a Whitethroat (John at By Stargoose and Hanglands has pointed out that it's actually a Stonechat) thank you John. This isn't a good photo but I've used it to show the molehills behind. Has anyone else noticed that there seems to be far more molehills around this year? Everywhere we go when out walking we are seeing far more than normal. Has the last year been good for moles? The only time I've seen a live mole was, funnily enough, on Nefyn beach in Wales. It was running along at the side of lumps of earth brought down by a landslide from the cliffs above. It disappeared very quickly.
Work was going on as we paused to look at how the cottage had changed since we last saw it. The cottage was built in 1802 by Peter Nightingale who was a great uncle of Florence Nightingale who grew up nearby. He was the main financier for Richard Arkwright who built the mills at Cromford and later at Masson.