I am missing my camera now as the torrential rain of last night is finished and the sun shines. Looked for a cheap one online and think I have found one but it needs some thinking about.
It was beautiful this morning, sun shining, and I walked down to Lidl to get a few things. Across the road from the house, through a car park and then down the steps to the canal. All along the side against the walls wild flowers jostle along with tamed varieties. Fireweed pokes its head up amongst Lady's mantle and perennial geraniums. A tall six foot lovage plant sprouts gaily away, I always found the taste of this celery like plant too strong but it is a handsome giant.
I meet a couple of dog walkers and we dance round the large puddle under the bridge, a panting walker overtakes me excusing herself that she is on a fitness walk. I smile inwardly, walking slowly has always been a pleasure in my life. I am not getting from one point to another but mentally snapshotting the things I see about me.
On the canal side, there are oxeye daisies lining the path and meadowsweet is emerging as well. On the far side there is a line of canal boats, looks like they are all unoccupied, they do not have the little flower gardens and mess of stuff on top as they did in Bath and Bradford-on-Avon. Neat and tidy but uninteresting! I see my first butterfly on a buddleia bush and hear a cock crow hidden in the trees.
When I descend the stairs to Lidl looking up and I see the high ridge of the valley and wonder why the inhabitants of Todmorden did not worry about living at the bottom of a valley.
And as for local naming, two of the nearby villages. 'Wal' is interesting because it means a foreigner, Bath has similar in Walcot Street.
Walsden's name is of Anglo-Saxon origin meaning "Valley of Foreigner" or "Valley of he who is Foreign". Foreign refers to the Celtic Britons who lived in West Yorkshire at the time of the Anglo Saxon Petty Kingdoms. Thus, it has the same root as Wales and as Wallonia in Belgium. It has been said in the past that it comes from "Wolves' Den", this is dismissed as a folk etymology
The name Todmorden first appears in 1641. The town had earlier been called Tottemerden, Totmardene, Totmereden or Totmerden. The generally accepted meaning of the name is Totta's boundary-valley, probably a reference to the valley running north-west from the town. Alternative suggestions have been proposed, such as the speculation "maybe fancifully" that the name derives from two words for death: tod and mor (as in mort), meaning "death-death-wood", or that the name meant "marshy den of the fox", from the Old English. From an original ''tod'' (the saxon name for fox) and ''moor''/''moore'' ( a common toponym termination) could have been derivated a significant Deanery of the Moor of the Foxes. From this latest, perhaps the malapropism Todmorden.
Mankinhole: The name "Mankin" is believed to have Celtic origins, with the OED recording its first meaning as "fierce wild man". The surname Mankin is found in parish records of the township of Langfield and the parish of Halifax. One theory is that the name derives from an area of caverns, inhabited by mankins. A second theory is that the name means "Mancan's Hollow", with Mancan being an Irish surname, suggesting Irish-Viking settlers
Info taken from Wikipedia
I remember the tale of Saint Beuno about 'foreigners' whilst walking with his followers on one side of a Welsh river overheard a Saxon voice calling his hounds on the other side... 'let us leave this place for the nation of this man I heard setting on his hounds has a strange language which is abominable'