Down By The River

During our ‘adventure’ half term the week before last we spent a pleasant hour one afternoon walking along the River Severn in Bewdley.  Bewdley is just a short 30 minutes away from our home in The Midlands but such a lovely little town full of old fashioned house along the banks of the picturesque River Severn.
 
Bewdley is one of the very few towns that has modern flood defences.  In years gone by every time there was heavy rains the river would break its banks and the town flooded.  On the end house of this street is marked the river levels in years gone by.  Some of these floods would have been above my head.
 
A few years back flood barriers were installed and ever since the town has been saved from such damage.  It proves that if the right investments are made, peoples homes can be saved.  Yes, it cost millions but over time the cost to the insurance industry will be gained back.  
 
After the recent floods in the UK this year it makes sense for other areas to get the protection they need to save people home and livelihoods.
 
It was quite late when we arrived and it was not long before sunset but we thoroughly enjoyed our walk along the banks of the river.
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About 18 months ago The Boy started to avoid having his photo taken and it would be a real battle to get him to stand still.  I made t quite clear to him that his Mother is a Scrapbooker and I MUST document everything.  Lately he has taken to ‘posing’.  There are a large number of photos cropping up that look like this:
It is not his 12th birthday for another 2 months but we are already starting to see teen tendencies.  I can honestly say I am not looking forward to when the hormones really kick in!
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14 Comments

  1. 7th March 2014 / 11:38 pm

    Amazing what a difference the flood defences can make. It does look a beautiful town and well worth saving for all who live and visit there. Your boy is very typical, but in my experience they are at their worst before they hit teenage, once they get there they mellow more. My 11 year old is just the same, I am dreading my 9 year old triplets reaching this stage too, how will I blog then?

  2. 8th March 2014 / 12:09 am

    Ah, these pictures remind me of our glorious walk today which was mostly along a canal.

    I love what you say about the flood defences. It SO makes sense. The Somerset Levels were allowed to flood on purpose, due to a reduction in spending which came all the way down from Europe. Such a terrible tragedy for so so many people, in various places throughout the UK.

    Love your post. Thank you for visiting mine.

    Liska xx

  3. 8th March 2014 / 12:12 am

    When flood defences are done wll they’re brilliant. Banbury now has some and there was no flooding in the town since they were finished including this time when oxford got hit badly. hopefully mord at risk areas will get them of some zort without wrecking down stream

  4. 8th March 2014 / 12:18 am

    Makes you think, when the flood level is above your head. Very frightening. Glad to hear they have a solution.

    I have a 11 yo. I’m looking forward to the day that it gets easier.

  5. 8th March 2014 / 6:41 am

    What a difference a flood barrier can make! Now you can enjoy the view of the water rather than it going over your head.

  6. 8th March 2014 / 8:49 am

    Lovely photos of a lovely walk. My brother and his wife live in Bewdley, so we do visit there ourselves, and enjoy strolling through the town and down by the river (which looks pretty high there!) #CountryKids

  7. 8th March 2014 / 10:38 am

    not sure I’ve heard of there before but it looks lovely! I love been by the water. So please they have good flood defences!

  8. 8th March 2014 / 11:56 am

    It’s so good to see flood defences installed, that are working well. Lovely photos of your walk, it looks like a lovely town. And, you had blue sky 🙂 #CountryKids

  9. 8th March 2014 / 5:46 pm

    The quality of the light is lovely – makes the water and the building glow – not to mention your soon-to-be-teen!

  10. 8th March 2014 / 10:12 pm

    Flood defence is so important. A really good post – completely agree with you. Looks like a lovely day’s walk too x

  11. 9th March 2014 / 8:15 am

    I have a just turned 12 year old – interesting times ahead methinks although at the moment is still just him!

  12. 9th March 2014 / 6:02 pm

    And great poses they are too! Bewdley looks beautiful 🙂 Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

  13. 9th March 2014 / 6:03 pm

    Great poses they are too! Bewdley looks beautiful 🙂 Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

  14. 11th March 2014 / 10:31 am

    Thank goodness for good flood defences.

    Lovely pictures.

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