July 27th – Getting of a Walsall train at Bescot, I lugged the bike over the mountainous footbridge and over the river Tame onto Bescot Cresent. Here, the formerly dirty, polluted river runs clean and is lined with greenery. The Ford Brook, which I commented on yesterday, flowing down the Goscote Valley, is a tributary to the Tame and shares the same issue with the invasive, alien plant Himalayan Balsam. Here, it grows tall and dense in the detritus at the side of a concrete culvert. The tinny, metallic smell of the flowers is very strong here, as it will be in lots of damp spaces for the coming month or so.

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