The rest of us set off along the stream to where it bends to the right and runs along behind the farm. There was plenty of balsam along the banks and even more on the opposite bank. the bottom of the stream was muddy and looked too deep for wellies, but eventually we found a shallower spot with a gravel bottom where we were able to get across.
We returned to the welcome shade of the barn for our rather long tea break and eventually returned to work. We were pleased to see that the ditch which had been so full of balsam up until two years ago had far less and the remaining plants were easily cleared. Although we had found quite shady places to work, we were glad to finish at 12.30 and go home to cool off.
|Margaret on the banks of the stream|
|Victor and Laura in the pony field|
|James at work in the stream|
|Enid and Barry, well camouflaged on the opposite bank|