Monday, 13 May 2013

The Great Ouse River at Ely

The Great Ouse River, or River Ouse, as it is often referred to, is the largest river in the United Kingdom with this name and is the fourth longest river in the United Kingdom.  The stretch that runs here along the edge of the Cathedral City of Ely, is one of the original courses of the river.

The name Ouse is said to originate from the Celtic and means water or slow flowing river.  Great is often added to its title to distinguish it from other smaller rivers of the same name.

On our way to the river we passed an Indian Restaurant with a beautifully carved Sitar, an Indian stringed instrument which is plucked, and a small drum.

I added this photo as the Green King Brewery based in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, is internationally renowned and has been brewing Ale since 1799.   This sign can be seen on the front of the Royal Standard, on Forehill in Ely, a Grade II listed building.

You will probably have heard of a 'Ship in a bottle'.  This is a 'Ship in a window'.  Ok, I know technically it is a sailing boat, but it didn't sound so good!

This lovely old fashioned ice cream truck can be found outside the Water Antiques premises, it does look slightly out of place parked between the modern vehicles.

Down on the river, I came across this graphic on the side of one of the barges, I wonder if it is a reference to the TV chief Jamie Oliver's catchphrase?

Even on a dull, cold spring day, this stretch of river has a charm about it.

This is one of the very ornate barges moored along this stretch of river.

It even has a small garden on the roof!

The Boat Yard garage on the river, for all your mechanical needs.

Even at this tranquil setting you are never far away from the busy railway line which passes over the River Ouse at this point.

Water, boats and the Jolly Roger Flag, go hand in hand.

This is the weathervane located on the top of the Maltings, the building was originally a brewery, brewing malt for ale.  The shovel on the weathervane represents the malt shovel.

These are some larger than normal flower pots!

The graceful Mute Swan is a regular feature on the river and surrounding dykes in this area, this is a male, distinguished by the large knob at the base of its beak.

The almost prehistoric looking birds are Muscovy Ducks, almost a tourist attraction themselves, due to their large size, weighing up to 15 pounds.  This one is a male, distinguished by its white head and red face.

The smaller female seen here, has a dark head and smaller area of red around the face.

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