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Thinking

03:02 Sunrise

Sunrise over the River Colne at 08:05, this frosty January morning. 3 minutes and 2 seconds of reflection at minus 2 degrees Celsius.
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Moving

Tide Mark

Early January high tide covering the road home.

Out for a much-needed walk at lunchtime, my way was blocked by the high tide. I like it like this, the river showing us our place. Before the flood barrier was built across the River Colne and the flood plain was claimed by property developers, there were sand bags galore and you could take a boat to the pub door. The flood barrier has now, perhaps ironically, contributed to the riverbed silting up. I fantasise about winning the lottery so that I can buy a dredger. In the meantime, I get a text saying ‘Hello from the Environment Agency’ to warn me that my address is at risk of flooding. They reassure me that they’ll call with any flood warnings. For now, I keep my eye on the tide mark in the old shipyard dock outside with a wry smile on my face.

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Moving

The Dying of the Light

Now the clocks have fallen back for winter, I count every moment of daylight. The work day dawns as I head to the train station, but has long since given way to night by the time I arrive home.

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Moving

September Sunset

As the days shorten, I can now catch the sunset on my early evening dog walk. A quiet time on a weekday along the river path to Alresford Creek, with only bird song and brief greetings from photographers to punctuate the peace.
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Moving

Reminder

This week the Thames Sailing Barge Reminder moored up in Wivenhoe. In the nineteenth century there were over 2000 of these cargo boats, now Reminder is one of only a few. Built in 1929 in Mistley as a racing barge, she was repurposed as a leisure vessel in 1975. A present glimpse of times past.

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Moving

Through the Woods to the Water

St Peter’s Church, Alresford.
Across Sixpenny Brook to the fishing lakes

Down to the River Colne by Whitehouse Beach, heading home.

Views from a long summer’s Sunday afternoon walk.

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Hoping

Water

Rain, meet river.

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Living

Sunset/ Low Tide

Old Wivenhoe silhouetted at twilight, with the River Colne at low tide.
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Living

A Warm, Good, Night

…from the front porch on a hot summer’s night, with an ice cold drink. Sweet dreams.
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Moving

Across

The view from Wivenhoe to Fingringhoe on a lunchtime walk.
The more I move, the more settled I feel.