October 9th, 2007

Wanaka tree

The Speights pub has arrived in London

We've Made It!

9/10/2007
The lads have finally arrived in London town. The Speight’s Great Beer Delivery chugged up the Thames and has docked at Thames Quay, Canary Wharf. The lads have been hanging out for dry land and some good kiwi company so are elated to be with friends and family on dry land again.

The celebrations have commenced and over the next couple of weeks the Speight's will be flowing as we welcome the lads and their cargo in good old southern style.

Well, the wait is over!
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It's just a shame that I won't be able to get there. I'm not one to complain but, why didn't they dock in Bristol instead? Okay, I know all the reasons why. Never mind, if you find yourself in London and in need of a good pint and good company, I know exactly where you should go. Enjoy. There is nothing to match Kiwi hospitality.

Wanaka tree

Southlake

Near where I live, close to the next village along in fact, is an area of low lying land known as Southlake. In the times before advanced pumping schemes and management of the flow of water through Sedgemoor, Southlake was often deliberately flooded in winter to take the pressure off the rivers.  This meant that it was a very fertile area of land, even though it was wet and boggy most of the time. 

On Sunday, I went for a walk there because it was sunny, warm and I hadn't been there for a while. There is a maze of cattle droves and tracks and I can walk the area, get back to where I started and, very often, not have to retrace my steps. I remember that, as a child, my family used to keep cattle there in the summer months and I used to spend a lot of time there helping with the hay-making or milking. Now I go there for the natural beauty, natural beauty like this.


A pair of swans on one of the drainage ditches


In my opinion, one of the best photos I have ever taken! 
A swan having a bit of a stretch.


A cow, in a field, with the trees turning to golden autumn.