Woke up to yet another wet morning. It didn't stop me from getting out. I walked the kids through carlisle park and up to the castle. After dropping them off at the swimming pool I walked Bennyboy along the riverside. When I reached Matheson's gardens I noticed the Toothworts were out. Looking fine even in the rain. Not just a couple of plants but between 70 and 80 growing next to the wall where a long dead ancient Elm straddles the wall which is probably their host plant. I thought I would add a photo of the wansbeck in spate at Oldgate. Further downstream the pair of Goosanders were on the river. I haven't seen them for a couple of weeks. In the afternoon it finally stopped raining. A visit to my parents house at Widdrington was a good excuse to visit Druridge pools. Very cold here; no Garganey and I don't know what the Sand Martins were feeding on. Looking north from the hide overlooking the main pool I noticed the Hooded Crow in the field among the sheep. Took a couple of record shots but the bird was over quarter of a mile away. I have added a shot of Opposite leaved Golden Saxafrage inundaded in Athey's Dean. Not a bad day really.