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.
King’s Lynn is blessed with more than its fair share of waterways.
Land drains like this one, used to drain the water from the marsh land and make it habitable, are a common site, but their utilitarian nature has been smoothed over time.
Grass and wild flowers abound along the bank, and on sunny days like this one, with the water reflecting the blue sky, it seems really like a natural stream, rather than a man-made artifact.
Here it seems so much like a country village that it is difficult to imagine that the busy market area is only a few streets away, with all the bustle and noise of that center of commerce.
It is peaceful and restful, an idyllic escape into the countryside, right here in the center of town.
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.
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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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.
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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