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A Tourist in My Own Town

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Nell is a Marlovian through at least a couple of generations on both sides and loves the local history and people.

Overlooking the Compleat Angler Hotel Marlow Buckinghamshire. With the Weir in the background

Overlooking the Compleat Angler Hotel Marlow Buckinghamshire. With the Weir in the background

A Tourist In My Own Town

On a hot sunny day sandwiched between the bitter cold of February, I took myself off for a walk through my town, Marlow Buckinghamshire.

Girls and boys were out in full force. The girls discarding their outer clothing to show off their wares with tight T shirts and shorts, and the boys all spruced up with gelled hair and aftershave.

Taking those first steps back out after winter. Hoping to catch the girls eye. As the girls nonchalantly talk into their phones while walking the dog. But glancing over as they walk past, making out they never noticed them.

The cleaners and painters, scrubbing the outside of their shops, arms flowing up and down with their new paintbrushes putting a fresh coat of paint on to tired walls.

And children. Lots and lots of children. Screaming, running, skating and scooting. Their mothers yelling, 'Mind the road!' And 'Watch out for the man on the ladder!'

Then laughing as the kids all swooped towards a big fluffy dog sitting with his tongue hanging out, and a smile on his face.

Charles Frohman Memorial Statue Built 1924

'tis not right that in a house the muses haunt mournings should dwell. Such things befit us not". This is the inscription on the side of the statue

'tis not right that in a house the muses haunt mournings should dwell. Such things befit us not". This is the inscription on the side of the statue

1856-1915

Charles Frohman was a New York theatre producer.

It was he who brought Peter Pan to the small screen and was honoured with a statue in Marlow High Street when he died.

Mr Frohman, was a regular visitor to Marlow, and he often stayed at the Compleat Angler hotel by Marlow Bridge.

He was one of the casualties when the passenger ship RMS Lusitania was torpedoed by a German submarine in world war 1, 1915.

More than 1,000 people were killed in the attack, which happened off the coast of Ireland.

And the River Flows On

Boats on the river Thames with Marlow Rowing club behind.

Boats on the river Thames with Marlow Rowing club behind.

Under the Bridge - Across to the Compleat Angler  'Compleat' is the right spelling.

Under the Bridge - Across to the Compleat Angler 'Compleat' is the right spelling.

And the River flows on

Through towns and

with bird songs.

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The swans drift so slowly

Like giant feathers, their wings

white in the light.

-

The sun rises, and sets

Leaving shadows of silver.

The water, silk and liquid

As it glides to the sea.

— Nell Rose (c)

Old Father Thames

Marlow

Marlow

Old Father Thames - Alexander Popes Poem Windsor Forest

Old Father Thames advanced his reverend head;

His tresses dropp'd with dews, and o'er the stream

His shining horns diffused a golden gleam:

Grav'd on his arm appear'd the moon that guides

His swelling waters and alternate tides:

The figur'd streams in waves of silver roll'd,

And on her banks Augusta rose in gold.

— Old Father Thames - Alexander Popes Poem Windsor Forest

Marlow - Best Kept Village

I love this time of year. Maybe it only happens down the South of England, but for some unearthly reason, we suddenly get a splash of color, heat and flowers in the middle of February. But when we do I have to get out and about.

There's something special about rediscovering your town or village after the cold of winter. For those freezing few months we just run from shop to shop, trying to get warm, then back out to the car, or walk home trying to hurry as quick as you can.

Then all of a sudden, wham! The color rushes back, rather like the opening scenes of The Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy lands after the storm to find herself in color instead of the black and white of the film.

The first thing I noticed was the sound of screaming chattering baby birds outside my window.

Opening the door I was swallowed up by the cacophony of sound, and the visual of mother birds desperately darting about trying to find food for the little ones. The sound assailed my ears, but it was heaven.


Marlow All Saints Church - On Reflection

Church by River ThamesNell

Church by River ThamesNell

You Are Still Here.

So, picking up my bag, and throwing on a lightweight coat, but clutching my scarf, well because you just never know if snow is around the corner. I headed out and dived into the mad throng of thousands of people taking to the streets. I went down the back roads to the large park by the river Thames.

It was swarming with people feeding the ducks geese seagulls and gannets. And I found myself smiling at everybody.

I suddenly realised that this was something I did every February.

As I walked I touched all sorts of things. From park benches to Trees. Bushes to budding flowers.

I realised it was a way of 'coming back.' Rather like saying 'Hello, I see you are still here. And so am I'.

On the way I took photos, just like a tourist would after visiting a brand new place. Then with the smell of fresh bread coming from the bakers, I took a bite of my sandwich.

Ah bliss.

Hello Marlow.

Best Kept Village

Best Kept Village

© 2019 Nell Rose

Comments

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 07, 2019:

Prasetio! Good to see you again!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on September 06, 2019:

Beautiful place and I really enjoy the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 12, 2019:

Thanks Devika it certainly is.

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 12, 2019:

Thanks Nithya yes we moan about the cold but the different seasons are lovely. thanks

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 11, 2019:

An interesting insight to Marlow. Sounds a peaceful place too.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 11, 2019:

Your town looks beautiful, the photographs are lovely. Seeing the snow thaw and the greenery appearing must be wonderful. Here it is hot and hotter, there is no winter nor rain. Enjoyed reading your poem and about Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Hope to visit someday.

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 05, 2019:

Thanks so much Chitrangada, yes it is a lovely place t live.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 05, 2019:

Your descriptions of your home town, sounds so beautiful. Would love to visit. Lovely pictures and beautifully expressed poem.

Thanks for sharing this beautiful tour and wonderful article!

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 01, 2019:

Thanks Zulma, the town itself is pretty basic, but the river part is lovely.

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on March 01, 2019:

Your village sounds like it came straight out of a fairy tale. Nice photos, I like the composition.

Liz Westwood from UK on February 27, 2019:

No. The Midlands. Marlow is a little different to our part of England.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 27, 2019:

Hi Thelma, I would love it if you visited! Thanks as always

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 27, 2019:

Really? How lovely! Rivers, and Thames, lol! yes you must have English floating around there somewhere Yves! Thanks as always.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on February 26, 2019:

What a beautiful place to visit Nell. Spring time is really wonderful. Your hometown is lovely. I wish I could visit it one day.

Yves on February 25, 2019:

How lucky for you to live in such a charming town. The rest of us can only imagine how delightful your strolls must be.

Want to hear something coincidental? I have little cousins who are named after your part of England, sort of. One boy is named Thames, another is named London, the other is named Rivers (yes, with an "s") Recently, my cousin had another baby whom she named Elizabella. I'm pretty sure we don't have a drop of English blood in us, but for whatever reason, my cousin caught England fever when she decided to name her children. True story. Anyway, it makes it easy to remember their names because they have a theme. LOL.

I enjoyed this "romantic" tour of your hometown. Very much so!

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 25, 2019:

Thanks Peggy, I am so glad you liked it.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 25, 2019:

Thanks for taking us along on your February tour of your lovely town called Marlow Buckinghamshire. It is indeed beautiful. Your descriptions of the chattering baby birds, the budding flowers, and the children running about brought this to life. I could almost smell the freshly baked bread!

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 25, 2019:

Thanks Shauna, always great to see you!

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 25, 2019:

HI Liz, really? How cool! Do you live in London? Thanks for reading.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 25, 2019:

Thanks Dora, it is a lovely town, and thank you for reading

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on February 25, 2019:

Nell, you're fortunate to live in such architecturally beautiful place, full of history and awe. I love that you rediscover your town each February!

Liz Westwood from UK on February 25, 2019:

We have stayed twice at the Crowne Plaza Marlow and enjoyed walking into Marlow. It's a lovely place to browse around with its riverside location. We would like to return sometime and take a river trip.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 24, 2019:

Great strolling with you on a pleasant Sunday afternoon through your hometown. I love the beautiful mix of cold and colors.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 24, 2019:

lol! Thanks Eric, sorry I missed your comment!

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 24, 2019:

Thanks Susan, it tends to be the park and river that's the best, but the town is not bad. Thanks for reading.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 24, 2019:

Hi Mary, I hope you have fun in London, and thanks

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 24, 2019:

Thanks Audrey, I would love it if you visited!

Susan Hambidge from Kent, England on February 24, 2019:

These descriptions and photos are just lovely. I have visited most of the South, but for some reason have not been to Marlow. I will try and get there during the summer, now I have seen how interesting it is there. Thank you.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 24, 2019:

Hi Nell. I am in London now and enjoying the Spring weather. The flowers are out so I can imagine, it would be the same in your own town. I can smell the spring in your description.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on February 23, 2019:

I absolutely love this, Nell! You're a beautiful, descriptive writer. Frohman has captivated my interest since Peter Pan and even before that. Gee, how I would love to visit this area someday.

Thanks so much!

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 23, 2019:

Hi Paula, its always lovely seeing you. And thank you so much. Glad you like my little old town of Marlow.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 23, 2019:

Thanks William, glad you liked it.

Suzie from Carson City on February 23, 2019:

Nell Thank you my dear friend, for taking me on such a wonderful tour of your lovely home town! What a sweet, fascinating idea. I feel you've given your readers a gift!

You really are special, Nell and I'm so pleased to know you! Love ya, Paula

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on February 23, 2019:

Thank you for sharing. Fascinating!! ;-)

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 23, 2019:

Thanks Genna, I do this most years, I love my little town of Marlow.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 23, 2019:

Hi James long time no see? Its wonderful to see you. And thanks

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 23, 2019:

Thanks Bill, that's lovely that Bev understands why too, and I like you too Bill, lol!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on February 23, 2019:

I loved your walk-about, Nell, in your home town of Marlow Buckinghamshire. Thank you for sharing this with us. I think touring our own town is something we can all learn and benefit from in so many ways. You are lucky. :-)

James A Watkins from Chicago on February 23, 2019:

Hello Nell Rose. I so enjoyed visiting your home town and the fine photos you kindly provided. Excellent writing!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 23, 2019:

You touched everything....my Bev does that, touching as she goes...it is an endearing trait, just one more reason for me to like you, Nell.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 23, 2019:

Thanks Flourish, It does get hot in February sometimes. Most years it has two or three days before winter sets back in in Marlow. Thanks as always.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 23, 2019:

Hi John, yes I forgot our winter is your summer. I love the heat, but I don 't think I could do Australia heat! lol! Marlow is a lovely little town, thanks as always.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 23, 2019:

Nell this is a pleasure to read. I read it yesterday and came back. I normally do "hiking" in nature. But sometimes I just do walking in my community. Our treasures are our immigrants. We used to call people like me "Rubber Necks".

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 22, 2019:

This was lovely with all of its sights and sounds of springtime. It seems like you must be enjoying a change of seasons a little ahead of us. It’s still cold where I live. I enjoyed your poems.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on February 22, 2019:

What a delightful tour of Marlow (I also love the name of the town). Your photos made it feel like I was there, and the poetry was wonderful, especially the poem you wrote. Our climate seems the opposite, we get two or three cool days and February just as a small respite from the searing heat.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 22, 2019:

Thanks Tim, yes most years we get at least 2 or 3 days in Feb that are hot. Then bam, back it goes to winter, lol! thanks as always.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 22, 2019:

Thanks Pamela, you to!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on February 22, 2019:

Hi, Nell,

Loved the poetry and the walk with you through your town. It's a wonderful place, and you put the reader right there. You are quite the poet as well as an informative writer of other topics.

I didn't realize how warm your part of the world became in Feb. It hasn't quite reached us yet.

Wonderful pictures.

Now, to search for another one of your great works.

Much respect and admiration,

Tim

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 22, 2019:

I love your descriptions of all the observations you made on your walk. Your pictures are beautiful, and I liked your lovely poes. You have a special way of writing that I really enjoy. Have a nice weekend Nell Rose.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 22, 2019:

Hi Louise, I see you come from Norfolk? My GGs came from there, the Sadlers! Thanks for reading.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on February 22, 2019:

I've never been to Marlow, but it looks such a beautiful place to live, and visit. =)