Early November, brought persistent rain and strong winds, bringing down large branches from the Weeping Willow and Elder trees in the Arboretum.
Overnight, there was a flash flood which filled the pond with water that had accumulated in the south Valley. Within no time, ducks, and moorhens were enjoying the fresh stretch of water.
Rain on the hills took a week, to filter into the underground river, causing it to rise and flow swiftly through the Alkham Valley.
It was high enough for us to paddle upstream in the boat and lazily, drift, downstream. The ferns and overhanging trees along the riverbank resembled boating in the tropical rainforest.