Hoe Rough is often mentioned on this blog. The small nature reserve is on the other side of the river from Beetley Meadows, and makes for a nice change from my usual walk with Ollie. It can be accessed by wading the river when the water is low enough, or by walking across the bridge on Fakenham Road. For much of the summer, a large herd of cows has been grazing on it, and they have been accompanied by small calves. I have therefore avoided it, as Ollie would have to stay on his lead, which is not much fun for a dog.
Last week, the cows were removed for the winter, later than usual, due to the strangely warm weather. We could go back to wandering around over there, and very soon, the word got around, with many other dog-walkers visible. The recent good weather left us today. The temperature dropped by half overnight, and during the morning, strong winds brought icy rain too. The BBC weather reporters even decided to give this visiting storm a name, Abigail. By the time I returned from my shift at the windmill, it was feeling very cold still, but the wind had blown away the clouds, and I headed off a little late, into a bright afternoon.
With my camera handy, I had been hoping for some bright autumn photos, but the sun was setting much faster than I had expected. I took some anyway, benefiting from the light of that fading sun.
Near the entrance, on the western side.
By the time I walked around the edge to the eastern end, the light was fading fast. You can see the rough grass and uneven ground that give the area its name.
Once the light started to fade, and the wind increased, I felt very cold, for the first time in ages. We headed back to The Meadows, where we ran into Spike, the Rhodesian Ridgeback. So at least Ollie finished off the afternoon with a good play.