After our boiler saga and the welcome return of heat and hot water, I realised I hadn’t been outside for over a week. I didn’t have much energy left for us to go out for any walks and now the clocks have gone back, we won’t have any evening saunters. I didn’t have the stamina to go too far yesterday and I was just going to walk round the garden, to be in the air and hopefully release a headache. Plans to do this soon changed and we decided to go a little further than the garden. We took the car and parked then walked to the Lock Keeper’s cottage. We didn’t walk too far when the chatter stopped and we stared at the sight before us. 





Remember the recent ex-hurricane Ophelia and how the gusts passed over Northern Ireland? The storm had blown over but this parkland was left a few reminders. The power of the wind when a weakness was found.

How many times we have walked this path, chatting but oblivious that the old trees lining the sides were not as strong as we thought. The storm revealed rot/damage hidden inside the trunk.


Weakness revealed  

Weakness revealed  

I hope the photos convey the size of the uprooted tree. I tried to imagine the night this tree was uprooted by a wind a don’t see. The noise would have been incredible, would anyone have had time to move if people had gone out without heeding the warnings? This is a path used by cyclists and people with children and dog walkers. A cyclist stopped to take a photo while we were there and told us several trees came down in the area but this was the largest and oldest one. We didn’t expect to have any photos for a blog as our walk was short and the light was low. I really had to document the scene as my thoughts were busy as I observed the devastation of this old tree.


silver explorer 



We have a lot of trees in parks and forests to refresh the air and act like the lungs for the city. I love trees and so often find respite by walking in the midst of them. Tall and strong yet we didn’t see how fragile this tree was. How many people do we assume to be strong but don’t see their need until they cry for help.

I feel sad at the loss of this tree, others lost their branches and we noted how ivy wrapped round one trunk actually supported it from snapping. Nature helping nature. People need to help each other too



It was very windy yesterday and as we walked back leaves were falling like snowflakes around us. The trees were swaying with their branches bending, a typical autumn scene.

Leafless twigs dancing, in tune with the wind.

The tree in our photos fell : crescendo

Autumn in stitches

Keeping warm