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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Evening brings an end to a busy work day, and we trudge our weary way home, head bowed beneath the worries and cares of our day.
Then we look up, and catch sight of the sun just vanishing below the horizon.
It is a subtle and intriguing sunset, with dark clouds spiraling above the village on the other bank, but above them white iridescent clouds shine with light with patches of darkening blue sky showing through. The water itself seems to be alive with motion, a mottled effect that reflects the fading sun in patches.
This day is almost over, its triumphs and disappointments will soon be fading memories. A new day, full of opportunities, will be here tomorrow. But for now it is evening and Nature has put on a light show just for us. We walk on homeward with a smile on our face and hope in our heart
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What more attractive sight after a winter walk along the towpath than the traditional British Pub.
The whitewashed walls reflect in the water, and the weeping willow seems to invite us in as it swoops low over the narrow boats moored to the river bank.
Although it is a cool day, the sun shining in the pastel blue sky make it warm enough for us to consider sitting outside to contemplate the British countryside over a pint.
There is a lot of very important architecture out there in the world, but also some that would never make it to any list of buildings that have to be saved. Sometimes, a building is just old.
On a street in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England is this house. Once, someone decided that this old cottage would look good with a fresh coat of paint. But that was a long time ago, and the bowed front shows signs that the paint has peeled, and is dirty, and along the side of the cottage weeds are growing on the wall.
And yet, this is a solid and interesting cottage, with classic lines and a long and happy history seeping out of its walls.
Maybe it would not win any awards, but it is a place that could be called home.
Sometimes we need a reminder that Mankind has been around a long time.
High on the cliffs above Hunstanton in Norfolk, England stand these two buildings.
The builders of St Edmund’s chapel in 1272 must have considered that this was the pinnacle of human achievement, as must the workers who proudly erected a lighthouse in 1844.
Yet today both have become tourist attractions, something for the visitor to admire.
But maybe we can sit a while and contemplate the broad sweep of history, and our place in it.
As we cycle along the North Norfolk Coast, our route takes us inland across pastureland, and then to a small pond, where we see a single horse standing looking eastward.
We get closer and stop, but the horse remains motionless and seemingly intent on some far off vision. We notice that he is standing by the fence that comes down to the pond, as if his intention was to go further, but his movement has been stopped. His gaze never moves, his stance never alters, only the occasional twitch of the eyes gives away that there is some part of him that is aware of our existence.
This image is strangely haunting, speaking of far off memories and imagined locations far from this peaceful scene. A good time to contemplate our life and our journey.
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This scenic view draws us down past the Old Barge Inn on the left, along the riverside cottages, and into the tree line in the distance.
We imagine ourselves going into the Inn, and meeting the locals who have tales to tell of the way life used to be “in the old days”. Hearing them talk, it would be easy to recreate in our minds the bustle of a time when working barges moored here on their journey to London.
But for now, all is still and restful, allowing us a moment in time to stand and reflect.
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