Hear the opening to “Sittin’ on the Dock of King’s Lynn”, and watch some scenes from this East Anglian town.
King’s Lynn owes its founding to the River Greta Ouse, and it’s from the river that we get the best views.
Here we stand on the river bank outside of West Lynn, looking over at the town.
The blue sky flecked with wispy clouds overhead and the green grass at our feet makes the scene tranquil and calm.
The buildings reflect in the still water of the river, somehow allowing us to see them more clearly.
It is a bright, charming and restful scene, and it lightens our step as we walk on.
We stop as we take our summer walk along the River Great Ouse in Norfolk, England, and see that we are approaching a bend in the stream.
The market town of Kings Lynn is seen in the distance, the brick and stone painted buildings reflecting on the still water.
Nothing seems to be moving, there is no breeze to disturb the gently running water, and the sky is a wispy blue.
All is calm and still, and we are at peace with the world.
After the summer sun and autumn colors, early winter brings snow and ice to the ornamental garden.
The once flowing water has frozen overnight, but the morning sun is starting to bring some life back into the fountain.
The privet hedge is still green under its layer of snow, but everything else about the landscape is dull.
But it is not a solemn scene; far from it, the blue sky promises a clear day ahead, and we are wrapped up warm against the cold.
As we breathe our breath freezes in front of us, and out footsteps crunch on the ice, and it feels good to walk and to feel so alive.
It is winter, and soon we may get to yearn for warm days again, but for this moment, we are glad to be able to enjoy this winter landscape.
Once a simple country river, this stream has long been managed by mankind to be easier for boats to navigate.
Locks and weirs have been developed, and country pubs set up business alongside these stopping places.
But Human activity is only part of what we see here; nature and the pure beauty of flowing water take the man-made, and make it magical.
The water rushes over the weir, foaming and gushing, with a sound at once loud and pleasing.
Plant life abounds on the damp surfaces and the mature trees make an impressive backdrop.
Even the pub on the other bank seems somehow to have been absorbed into the natural world, as much a part of it as the water and the trees.
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Not far from London, but seeming a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of that modern city life, is this Old Millhouse, somewhere in rural Essex, England.
An interesting setting, it speaks of industry, because this would once have housed a thriving business powered by the never-ending flow of water that could be harnessed to Man’s design. But what once would have been the height of modernity is now a relic of past times, and long gone industry.
The trees have grown and the building weathered, so that is now easy to imagine that the mill is actually part of nature; it has grown into the countryside that surrounds it.
But the river carries on regardless. It is unconcerned with the comings and goings of industry, with the habits of mankind. It continues to meander its way across the countryside, bringing fresh new life wherever it flows.
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For centuries the Parish Church has stood at the center of the village, and the heart of the village people.
Generations of families have been welcomed into the world here, have married, raised a family, and finally been laid to rest here.
The walls seep history, and not just the broad sweep of history that affects a whole nation.
Personal histories are told here in the wooden pews and the used hymnals. People have come here to celebrate and to mourn, to rejoice and to cry, to exalt and to lament.
The solid walls of the church have seen it all, known it all, and accepted it all. This is not just a building; it is carries the spirit of generations.