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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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.
Leaving the town we find a sign to Pilot Street, and following this we come upon an old cobbled road, and an terrace of houses overlooking a tiny tree filled square.
The sun shining down adds to the tranquility of the scene, and one can imagine that time itself has stood still here for the last century.
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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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As we walk through the early morning countryside we see a magnificent tree, full of blossom. So full of Springtime is it, that it almost obscures the quiet church building in whose courtyard it grows.
It reminds us that life goes on, sometimes with a spectacular show, but sometimes quietly, slowly. This tree has seen many seasons, many springtimes and many snowfalls. But is it thriving through them all, welcoming the seasons in their turn, just as we must welcome all the seasons in our life.
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