Bill Pike water & reflections

water n.
a colourless, odourless liquid

Yet water, particularly a water surface, has so many wonderful effects which are often taken for granted, or not even noticed, by those whose very existence depends on it in everyday life...

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'Breezing-Up' at Welney

'Breezing-Up' at Welney

Size: 1.22m x 0.81m  Medium: Oils on canvas  

Jun-Jul 2013  

It must have been along this or a nearby stretch of the Old Bedford River outside his home at Low Bank, Welney, in Norfolk that William 'Turkey' Smart (1816-1895) learned, as a pioneering speed-skater, how to go faster in the head-down, stooping style (which gave him his nickname) when Welney Washes froze in Nineteenth Century Winters.

Claimed to have done the 'flying mile' in 2 mins 2 secs, when I visited this long-straight stretch of water running through the flat Fenland here it seemed to me that for a speed of nearly 30 m.p.h. (50 k.p.h.) to have been achieved, it must have been at least partly 'wind-assisted'.

'Breezing-Up' at Welney (map)