October 2004 -- so it's time for another visit to Devon and Cornwall
time for a walk along the River Thames
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.
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.
inn called The Rose Revived, where the A415 towards Witney and Northmoor crosses
fact, right there, that's the A415 to Witney, on a sunny 25 October 2004.
walkers depart The Rose Revived and plunge eastward at riverside.
gently, thus forever glide,
O Thames! that other bards may see,
visions by thy side
As now, fair river! come to me.
was Wordsworth in an unguarded moment ("Lines written near Richmond",
. . 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!
debating whether to begin their migration to the south for the winter.
on the river
The River Thames in its infancy
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.