31-Aug-2003 -- This confluence is less than a mile from my parents' house. It had been
visited twice before, but only in winter, so I decided to make a summer
visit while in Boston for my grandmother's 90th birthday party. It was a
sunny Sunday morning, and my wife Angelina and mother Gillian came along
for the walk.
In common with much of South Lincolnshire, the confluence is in a field
beside a drainage channel. Drainage channels are locally known as 'drains',
and this is the Cowbridge Drain. This picture was taken from the Sibsey
Road. You can just see two anglers fishing in the drain. The field
containing the confluence is the brown field to the left.
At the end of a hot, dry summer, the earth was very dusty. The field had
already been harvested, although some of the surrounding cabbage fields
hadn't. Judging by the remaining stalks, it might have contained
cauliflower or broccoli or something like that.
There is a footpath along the drain, and the confluence point is only
about 20m from the path. The GPS gave the altitude as 11m and the EPE was
Looking North from the actual confluence point, you can see typical
fenland scenery -- flat fields and large skies. The views East and
West are not dissimilar, except for a couple of buildings at the end of
the field. Looking South, you can see the course of the drain in the
foreground. The large building on the right is the Pilgrim Hospital,
recently painted pale blue, and just to the right of that, you can see the
top of one of the largest and finest churches in England, St Boltoph's
Church, better known as Boston Stump.
Many thanks to Patrick Gosling for the loan of his GPS.