My nana Gertie looked out over this view as she was born at Stoke Bardolph on the River Trent just the other side of Nottingham from Wollaton- there are even more family Greats who were born and lived there: Ancestors who lived here by the river going back some 500 years.
The river is relentless and floods again and again – year in, year out. The family were Cupits, a name associated with windmills (nearly every village had one – a windmill that is; then it was a building absolutely necessary to mill the flour!) there’s a modern Windmill nearby now and it was turning in the wind today – silently. The Swan flying up the river made more noise with its wing-beats!
The water looked cold – almost ready to freeze over if it wasn’t running fast.