Chilly morning, is Autumn on it’s way!

The mornings have definitely cooled down and Autumn feels upon us. I do love the fresh morning air and the changing colours. It’s sad to think that we are already saying goodbye to summer. Time to get out and about, enjoy the last of the dry weather. So it’s off  to Belper river gardens and Strutts historic North Mill, a cotton mill which looms dark and menacingly. I can’t help but feel a sadness for all the poor souls that spent most of their lives working six and a half days a week in that gloomy building.

Seven floors of weaving machinery.
Seven floors of weaving machinery.

The noise must have been unbearable, not to mention the cotton fibres that filled the air.

sluice gates
sluice gates

Sluice gates control the flow of water from the river Derwent. Huge amounts were required each day to operate the machinery.

Wier, a barrier across the river.
Wier, a barrier across the river.

The noise from the weir was incredible, you could feel the power of the water as it flowed under our feet on the bridge.

Bridge over the river Derwent.
Bridge over the river Derwent.

Despite the history of the mill it also has the most peaceful, pretty river gardens, impressive bandstand and if you feel like it, a spot of messing about on the river.

Charming little paths guide you around the gardens.
Charming little paths guide you around the gardens.
Areas of still water and wildlife.
Ponds for wildlife.

Attractive ponds busy with ducks, dragonflies and insects.

Ducks everywhere!
Ducks everywhere!
Stunning bandstand.
Stunning bandstand.

The bandstand looked amazing from the path.

Interesting paths, where does it lead?
Interesting path, where does it lead?
Beautiful bandstand.
Beautiful bandstand.

It may have been a cloudy, dull day, but the hanging baskets were colourful and bright.

Messing about on the river.
Messing about on the river.

What a lovely way to spend a morning, I shall be back to watch the river as it changes throughout the seasons.

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