A River Trip
It doesn’t quite have the breathlessness of a trip down the Nile to find the source but today I set out to find a spot on a local river with only a postcard as a guide, a 100 year old postcard prompted the hunt . . .
If ever a man had an easier or more pleasant task than mine today I’ve never met him. The sun shone gloriously and all I had to do was walk along the River Freshney in Grimsby until I found a likely looking spot which conformed to this wonderful scene . . .
The River Freshney in Grimsby Lincolnshire ~ 1907
It’s a truly wonderful image, thanks Neville, of a place only minutes from my house and a place I’ve walked and enjoyed more times than I dare imagine.
Apart from the sheer joy of the card a couple of things struck me, firstly the bridge and secondly the annotation,
River Freshney, Little Coates, near Grimsby
I’m not sure Little Coates is right, I fancied Great Coates, possibly even straying towards Laceby of Aylesby area.
The problem is, of course, quite a lot changes in a 100 years, trees certainly, meanders in rivers probably, though I’d just expect them to be more pronounced today if anything.
Well, I did wander in the sun, equipped only with binoculars and a camera it was truly glorious, a day to appreciate not only what a joy it is to be alive and healthy but also to realise just how much difference the sun makes to both day and demeanour.
The Reed Warbler chattered invisibly in the rushes by the lake and a pair of Sparrowhawks languidly patrolled in the sky above, just lovely.
I think I found the rough area though it was not possible to quite stand in the right spot to get a shot, the vegetation meant the river itself was blocked from the shot . . .
The River Freshney in Grimsby Lincolnshire ~ 2014
Ideally I would have preferred to be further forward and perhaps on the other bank and I suspect that the bridge may have been where those leaning trees are in the background, the river bends there just out of shot.
I’m not fully convinced though, I may need to take another look at it, especially if the Little Coates tag is correct.
It’s been another day which has been far from earth-shattering, I’ve not advanced the lot of man, nor indeed my own, very much but it’s been a joy.
Perhaps that’s all you need in life, a simple day . . .
Any thoughts or opinions most welcome.
Yours, a contented,