Sunday, 23 August 2015

Send to Pyford

By the time we’d left our mooring at Send, topped up the water tank on Friday it was 9am

… and it was slowly does it through the very narrow channel
 A beautiful pastel show of flowers but I have a feeling that this plant is a member of the Japanese Knotwood family and highly invasive
 There’s a boat coming up Papercourt Lock

 … it’s a National Trust Tug pushing a very large hollow flat which will apparently hold up to 30-tonnes of stone; they have been reinforcing the river banks this week.
 The chap on the front of the flat has been asked to ‘fend-off’ Still Rockin’ if it gets too close!
It was scary to think that if we’d been 10 minutes earlier we would have had problems - there is no way the tug and flat and Still Rockin’ would have been able to pass each other in the narrow channel.
 Papercourt is also a very leaky lock

 The river continues to meander its way to the Thames
 A pretty garden at the water mill near Newark New Bridge
 Newark Abbey from the lock
 Walsham Gates is the last remaining turf-sided lock on the River Way and is a flood lock which is normally left open
 We only passed this one boat today, on yet another narrow section!

John Donne Poet and Dean of St Pauls lived here in 1600

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; 
It tolls for thee. 

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