14 December 2011

carmen fluminum

Hammersmith Bridge
"The Thames has more than fifty tributaries between source and sea.  Twenty one (depending on what qualifies as a river) are on the tidal Thames within Greater London;  the Black Ditch, Beverley Brook, the Brent, Counter's Creek, the Crane, the Darent, the Earl's Sluice, the Effra, the Falcon, the Fleet, the Ingrebourne, the Lea, the Neckinger, the Ravensbourne, the Roding, the Rom, Stamford Brook, the Tyburn, the Wallbrook, the Wandle, the Westbourne,  And these London rivers have their own tributaries: Bollo Brook, the Ching, Dollis Brook, the Graveney, Hackney Brook, the Kidbrooke, the Quaggy, the Moselle, Mutton Brook, Pool River, Pyl Brook, the Silk Stream, the Slade, Wealdstone Brook among many." Tom Bolton, London's Lost Rivers, A Walker's Guide, Introduction.


When I picked this up and read it the other day, I was so captivated by the sound in my head of that list of rivers, brooks and bournes I wanted to recite them aloud like poetry.   Reading Joanna's paean to grey, Esther's lovely exploration of Adeste Fideles, and then listening to a programme -only available for a couple more days  - about Ted Hughes , reminded me again of how much I like this list.  And that learning Latin as a girl I took a fancy to the words carmen and flumen.

All this takes my mind off the other lists in my head, though now I think there may be a new one entitled "things I want to do next year".

6 comments:

Annie said...

I caught the Ted Hughes programme, brilliant wasn't it. And I love your list of rivers. Poetry can be found in the names of the most unlikely things if you love words enough :D

Joanna said...

'the Quaggy, the Moselle, Mutton Brook ...' beautiful.

Knit Nurse said...

Ah, the Quaggy. My favourite since it flows through south east London and its name just seems so appropriate!

Liz said...

Lovely list. Not quite as lyrical but I used to love listening to the shipping forecast with my gran when I was a girl - Bailey, FitzRoy, Lundy, German Bight and the rest.

H said...

Just stopped by to say love the picture and the post they give pleasure ...thanks
Heather

barefoot mama said...

Beautiful.....