Among the river Gyptians and wild horses: What a wonderful world
MLK went for a hike.
February 10, 2021
Unexpectedly, like a subtle knife, mid-week the winter sun started to shred the iced flood plains of Oxford. She is vulnerable to flooding given her fragile geographical position at the confluence of seven rivers (River Thames and tributaries of the River Thames; River Cherwell, River Swere, River Dorn, River Glyme, River Windrush, River Evenlode, River Ray, River Thame). On this bright day, our walk felt like visiting a parallel world akin to that described so vividly by Philip Pullman in "His Dark Materials". Flooding hindered us in following the river but eventually we found ourselves at the large Port Meadow lake. The wild horses had congregated on the southern bank, near the gyptian boats moored along the river. In Lyra Silvertongue's Oxford, the nomadic Gyptians are abundant around the Fens of Brytain and travel with their boats on canals and rivers; making their primary source of income from trading goods. Perhaps with the pandemic they too are stuck in one place, unable to take up their usual coming and going with the spring and autumn fairs? Perhaps the Horse Fair in Oxford in July will be cancelled too?We watched the wild horses on the banks of the large Port Meadow lake; unperturbed by a locked down world. Walking through Binsey we were able to follow the river back to East Oxford, deep in meaningful conversation. Along the way we passed more gyptian boats and barges before traversing the river and taking moment to enjoy the sun in the hidden Nature Reserve Aston's Eyot.As I sat on the sunkissed banks of the mighty river, Jon Batiste's striking new version of an old song resonated deeply:
February 12, 2021
Beautiful! Pics, story & Jon! ❄️🔝🔝🔝❄️
Thank you for the kind words, Burkhard! Jon is amazing ;)
February 15, 2021