I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and sky…
I have used the heading 'Waterways' deliberately loosely as Masefield's poem was one of the first I learned as a child. It has always inspired an understanding of the thrill to be derived from sailing—but I am more motorboat than sail! Although rowing a dinghy around the river mouth and the harbour has also given me much pleasure.
At the moment, my interests in water are the inland waterways, that interest derived from friendship with Lindy Foster Weinreb, her family and her enthusiasm, especially her unique success in Berkhamsted with CARP and the Berkhamsted Canal Partnership and civic developments from that.
Having always had a passion for railways and their history, exploring the interlinking of our inland waterways is akin to exploring the diversity of lines that once criss-crossed the country. Although canal enthusiasts may look askance at the history of the railways for their part in destroying the economic vitality of the waterways, both, perhaps all, transport history is of interest. Perhaps it is simply history that fascinates me, as all social and economic change is exciting, reminding me of Eliot's phrase in Burnt Norton (Four Quartets) 'Time present and time past are both perhaps present in time future and time future contained in time past'.
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