Monday, 7 April 2014
Picomicroyacht to row down the river Thames
Crossing the English Channel in a rowing boat is still off limits and Picomicroyacht has decided instead to row down the river Thames from the source to the Thames Estuary. Talking of sources a great mystery in life is how the source of a river is chosen. Here is the source of the Thames - yes the exact location and definitely not the spring in the other valley.
But even Picomicroyacht is too big to start here, so will begin the voyage near Lechlade, where the statue of Old Father Thames marks the start of navigational water.
Trewsbury Meadow in Gloucesterhire - the source
Old Father Thames
A different style of rowing is called for, a more leisurely approach...
'There are some folk who always worry
and some folk who never care
but in this world of rush and hurry
it matters neither here or there
be steady and realistic
don't hanker for gold or gems
be carefree and optimistic
like Old Father Thames'
Peter Dawson - Old Father Thames - Recorded Abbey Road Studios 1933
This year I am again collecting money for CASPA - which helps young people on the autistic spectrum and their families - I shall be steady and realistic, carefree and optimistic - not hankering after gold or gems, but I am hoping for some sponsorship.