Monday, 28 August 2017

WATER LILIES and WHITE WATER ..........




We are very lucky to have acres and acres of lakes, the river and walks near us .....



There are large fields  and babbling brooks .....



..... and, many wood carvings along the way.





a slight deviation off of the main path takes you along water lily walk .....




and, after a few miles of lakes, locks and loveliness .....



one arrives at the White Water Centre that was the venue for the Olympics 2012.






You can sit and watch the British team and members of the public battle the rapids whilst drinking wine or coffee in the sunshine or enjoying a nice lunch. We've been walking here since it was first built, long before the Olympics ..... there was only a hole in the wall where you could get coffee then ..... it has grown a lot since those early days !!!



On the way back you can walk a different route along the river, past the barges and locks. 









all images via me bar image 11: via geograph.org


Jackie

24 comments:

  1. Wowwwww...beautiful to live there...lucky you.....love Ria x

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    1. It's not all beautiful where I live Ria but this part is ! XXXX

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  2. I enjoyed "all the gorgeous" as I walked with you . . .
    Watching the British White Rafting was especially enjoyable . . .
    Thank you Jackie . . .

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    1. It's really good fun, watching them all, especially when they fall in !!! Haha !! XXXX

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  3. When I was very small I would take my bike and go fishing in lakes like yours. I've never really enjoyed fishing since; it was perfect just being alone, catching a few tiddlers, then home for Tea.

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    1. Perhaps you should try it again Cro ..... but, you'd have to make tea when you got home !!! XXXX

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    2. I have taken the grandsons!

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    3. I'm sure it's much more enjoyable with your grandsons. XXXX

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  4. Very little water around here Jackie, apart from the sea. Funny that you have so much around you although I would guess that you wouldn't have to go far to find scenery like I have around here, lots of golden stubble fields xxx

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    1. Ahhhh , but you have the sea nearby Rachel. There are miles and miles of water here ..... we walked ten mikes a while ago and didn't touch the surface ( so to speak !! ) .... and, yes, golden stubble fields all around. Thinking of you. XXXX

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  5. Thank you for the visit/walk via photos..it looks inviting in your part of the world...and your hair is pretty!

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    1. Thanks Libby ..... I look best from the back ..... it's not such a pretty sight from the front !!! XXXX

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  6. What a beautiful walk Jacqueline. Then the white water. What a surprise. Maybe I will get some time today to sit out on my adorable patio and watch the lake happenings. But I doubt it.

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  7. I know Donna .... we were actually very pleased when it was built for the 2012 Olympics ....... it's nice to walk there and have somewhere to sit and have a drink after the few miles walk.... and, it's fun to watch everyone battling the rapids !!
    .... and, how lucky are you to be able to sit on your patio and look at a lake ? I'd love to be able to do that. XXXX

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  8. What a whimsical photo of you and the statue, two very interesting subjects. I enjoyed your photo essay. May we have some more please?

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    1. Hi James ..... how are you ? Still having fun with the grandchildren? I miss you in blogland.
      I'm a bit of a sporadic blogger ..... I never think that anyone would be interested in the boring things that I do !!! XXXX

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    2. Up to 5 now!And yes they are my joys. As for you ,never boring!

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  9. Had no idea there was such a great facility near London - of course I might even try it myself being it would be much safer than a wild river, haha!
    Jackie, the lakes are so beautiful - this is such a lovely time of year to walk. Great pix of you, love your outfit - and your beautiful locks - you look like the 'lady of the lake'!

    Happy week - Mary

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    1. It's brilliant Mary ..... a lovely few miles of walk along the river or lakes and then it's great fun, watching the wild water riders !!! XXXX

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  10. I SEE YOU!!!!
    WHAT A beautiful spot you live in!
    Do you know Catherine Robinson Cashmere?I'm going to send her this POST so you two can follow each other!I think YOU would enjoy that!
    XX

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    1. I know Catherine Elizabeth ...... but I sort of lost touch when she changed her blog address. She lives very close to our son. I must look her up again. XXXX

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  11. Thank you Jackie, these images are so beautiful... so are you too!
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. That's very kind of you to say Maria but, I'm afraid the face is sagging rather a lot now !!! XXXX

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  12. When I was very small I would take my bike and go fishing in lakes like yours. I've never really enjoyed fishing since; it was perfect just being alone, catching a few tiddlers, then home for Tea.

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