Well the rain and mild weather has continued up to the end of this week, 17th January and Storm Brendon left us with plenty of wet roads, more mud and the Stour over its banks once again. It has given me opportunity to take some nice atmospheric images in the morning and evening which is some consolation.

The floods came up quickly after all the rain as the fields were already saturated, I walked down the lane from home for the sunset on the 15th and the floods were well across the meadow, looking towards the footbridge to Shillingstone.

Water meadows Child Okeford
Water meadows Child Okeford

The next morning there was a little clear sky so I headed along Melways lane towards the field near little Hanford, it turned out to be a lovely sunrise across the flooded field.

Floods near Little Hanford
Floods near Little Hanford
Floods near Little Hanford
Floods near Little Hanford

Friday the weather started to change with showers about, the sky got very black near Bere Marsh in the early morning, with the sun coming up behind me it cast a lovely light; the colours on the trees and farm were stunning.

Angry sky Bere Marsh
Angry sky Bere Mars

Overnight and into Saturday morning the weather changed completely with a heavy frost, when I got up before dawn there was a light mist over the Stour so I headed towards Little Hanford again. The flood waters had receded into the banks of the Stour by then. The mist was like a rainbow as you got closer it moved away from me. I spent some time walking along the river towards the Wilson-Haines bridge that crosses up to the Trailway and Shillingstone. It was certainly a change with frozen water at the edge of the river. So nice for it to be colder and more seasonal!

Wilson Haines bridge, Shillingstone
Wilson Haines bridge, Shillingstone

By the time I got home the fog moved in and stayed around for most of the day at home although on one side of our house we could see Hambledon Hill and the other thick fog. It started to clear to a glorious sunset, promising another cold clear day ahead.

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