|A bend in The Trent near Cottam Power Station|
The River Trent is Britain's third longest river - after The Thames and The River Severn. My wife and all of her family grew up on the west bank of the Trent just north of Gainsborough. In fact they had a special verb round there. "To trent" something meant you were chucking it in the river as generations before had done. Mostly we are talking about organic matter - leaves, grass cuttings etcetera.
I drove out to The Trent on Monday - another gorgeous day. Clint deposited me in the village of Dunham-on-Trent, close to the toll bridge on the A57 that eventually takes travellers to the city of Lincoln.
|A family of swans on Trent Pool near Torksey|
The etymology of the name "trent" suggests that it means something like "strongly flooding" and indeed in past times the river would flood each winter. But large embankments now ensure that flooding in the lower reaches of The Trent has become a fairly rare phenomenon. Foe example, my late father-in-law's farm near Owston Ferry was last flooded in the winter of 1947.
|Unusual sign at Church Laneham|
Under a blue sky upon which wisps of cotton wool clouds had been painted, I walked to Church Laneham then on to Cottam Power Station with its huge concrete cooling towers that can be seen from miles around. I paused to watch a family of swans in Trent Pool and then carried on down Torksey Ferry Road - all the way to Rampton.
|Cottages and the church in Rampton|
I sat in the porch of All Saints Church for ten minutes to rest, drink water and devour a banana before carrying on to Laneham and then it was back across the fields to Dunham.
|Beech Farm, Laneham|
This was another wonderful sunny day on which it simply felt good to be alive and mobile. As usual, I saw many lovely sights - even those monumental cooling towers. Clint was snoring when I got back to the car park opposite what was once a pub but is now the "Maharaj" Indian restaurant and takeaway. As Kurt Vonnegut Jr said in "Slaughter House Five"... "So it goes".
|The same cooling towers reflected in Trent Pool|