I popped up to the Orchard today to measure up for the new roadside gate. The work was soon done and I'll now be able to order some timber to build the new gate(s). We've had a lot of rain over the past week and the river Ecclesbourne has swollen accordingly. From what was a gentle brook after a relatively dry early Autumn it is now a fast flowing muddy torrent at least 75 cm deep. It would be difficult to stand in the water.
Clearly our work earlier in the year to clean up the river bank and remove fallen trees and river bed obstacles has paid off. The water flows have less turbulence, swirling and scour. The accumulated bank of silt, where a fallen tree had been laying, has now washed away.