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Calder is likely the oldest place name we have in the valley. It means 'hard, violent water' in the Old British language, very similar to the Welsh, caled dwfr (dubro- in Old British).
In this wind the exposed fields on the valley sides are deserted. Only a couple of Black-headed Gulls struggle on above the emerging winter wheat.
Gorse, as ever, has a few spikes of yellow blossom. Smooth Sowthistle is also still in flower.
A Wren flits around the front garden and poses, tail-cocked, on the wall.