scribbles tagged ‘Thames’

washing away the cobwebs

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 | tags: ,  |

lamp in the riverStarting the new year with a hike through the flooded Thames valley.

It’s busy

paddlingChildren in brightly coloured wellies, paddling, and seniors feeding the swans.

Many people are taking advantage of the low bright sunshine and beautiful scenery to make a fresh new start to the year.

Let’s make this year a good one

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sporadic posting

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 | tags: , ,  |

I’ve been a tad off-colour recently and will be for a while to come. Posting in the wendy house might get somewhat unreliable and possibly even influenced by drugs of the NHS supplied variety. Riverside WalkIn the meantime here’s a view from a sedate 6 mile ramble that I managed to tackle this weekend.  I managed the whole affair without

  • falling into the river Thames – seen on the left behind the undergrowth
  • tripping-up the unsuspecting hot, heaviliy breathing, joggers
  • pinching the pert seat of a couple of rather lythe looking joggers
  • puking at the outrageously soppy romantic twaddle some people are wont to generate within earshot of a wendy
  • skidding in Canadian goose-poop
  • taking oodles of rest-stops and snoozes

Hoorah

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water screw

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 | tags: , ,  |

Alongside the old watermill at Mapledurham is this little beauty, a turbine, turned by the falling river Thames. This kept me entertained for nearly half an hour, watching the water, marvelling at the simplicity of the design for converting movement to power. A simple variation on the waterwheel:

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day tripping

Monday, April 16th, 2012 | tags: , , , , ,  |

GoodiesFinnicky details like ‘not being in Durham‘ and ‘not being surrounded by Maples’ do not detract from the fabulousness of Mapledurham house (and mill, turbine, tea-rooms, village, riverside)

It is a well preserved Elizabethan building on the banks of the river Thames, a couple of miles outside Reading town. Getting there involved a 2 mile drive down a winding single-track country road bounded by 10ft ancient hedgerows. Thomas and I had to use our skills for

  • looking around corners
  • braking
  • swerving
  • reversing
  • pulling into the hedgerow, breathing-in and closing our eyes/headlamps

Actual cogs and wheels Drawings of Cogs and wheels A friend recently bought the derelict Flitwick Mill, that is mentioned in the Doomsday book (1066 AD). Looking around the Mapledurham mill gave me an insight into how the Flitwick mill might have looked and sounded. I loved the sound of the creaking cogs transferring the power of the waterwheel to the millstone.

Other highlights of the mill included the

Lots of lovely things in the actual house, staircases, wood panneling, furniture, textiles, fireplaces…..

I kept a look-out for woodcarvings or plaster mouldings of similar design to the carving on my new, old, bench.  They might help me to ‘date’ the bench. I din’t find any, I’ll keep looking….

House Front

 

 

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