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It's October 2004 -- so it's time for another visit to Devon and Cornwall



Just time for a walk along the River Thames

The airplanes to Switzerland and the USA are already fueling up and packing cardboard sandwiches into the galley, so we'll need to SCURRY along the mighty river Thames from near Northmoor to near Farmoor and back again if we're to get back in time to take our shoes off at the security gate and strive to control our tempers in the airport.

You may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.

The inn called The Rose Revived, where the A415 towards Witney and Northmoor crosses the Thames.

In fact, right there, that's the A415 to Witney, on a sunny 25 October 2004.

Thames-side walkers depart The Rose Revived and plunge eastward at riverside.

Glide gently, thus forever glide,
O Thames! that other bards may see,
As lovely visions by thy side
As now, fair river! come to me.

That was Wordsworth in an unguarded moment ("Lines written near Richmond", 1790).

". . . the tranquil waterway leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed sombre under the overcast sky -- seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness." Well, Conrad was speaking of the other end of the Thames, 300km away, and, for once, the sky's not overcast!

Traffic

Cows debating whether to begin their migration to the south for the winter.

Locks on the river

Lovely peaceful scene

The River Thames in its infancy

Goodbye, River Thames. We're off now, Dwight to the continent, Kristin to the USA, just time to make the airport and check in the hired car before the security lines start winding out around the parking lot.

Cornwall and Devon, October 2004


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