‘An absolutely new prospect is a great happiness, and I can still get this any afternoon. Two or three hours’ walking will carry me to as strange a country as I expect ever to see. […] There is in fact a sort of harmony discoverable between the capabilities of the landscape within a circle of ten miles’ radius, or the limits of an afternoon walk, and the threescore years and ten of human life. It will never become quite familiar to you.’ quote from Henry David Thoreau
I believe that Thoreau’s celebration of the local is equally applicable to measured traveling on the ‘Water Road’ too.
Over the boating year ahead I’m looking forward to even the most familiar local landscape, passed through again and again, revealing unexpected details to savour.
Being outdoors on a slow boat will provide an opportunity to enjoy and share the seemingly simple experience of the play of rainfall on the water; or the patterns of the ripples caused by the boats progress through the water; the dancing shadows; the opening buds; the flowering flowers; the crackle of a fire; and birdcalls… they’ll all provide a dazzling feast for our senses.
I can’t wait.