Yesterday I shared with you a bit of writing that I did in 2018 about Black Bank, an isolated spot near to the River Trent in Lincolnshire. In that piece, I wrote about Lady, the osprey, and ospreys in general, and the little kingfisher,

We went back to Black Bank yesterday, my health being up to it, and it was a most wonderful experience,though this time I could see nothing at all except the usual grey mist that I have in front of my eyes,

It was a warm Spring day, and though I could see nothing, I had wonderful memories. In a way, that made it a bittersweet experience, but all in all it was a lovely afternoon.

I became very interested in Black Bank a long time ago, for it feels like a very luminal, “thin space” place, and I have been trying to figure out why. Even as a blind person I could feel the atmosphere, and at times I felt as if Icwas way back in the past. I wondered what had happened there. And I wondered why it is called Black Bank. An intriguing name.

We know that the area used often to be under water, as in ancient times the river would cover all the labs around there. Then, eventually, the land was drained by the Dutch, who knew all about doing these things. So, a drainage system put in by the Dutch still serves the area well today, and houses stand on some of the surrounding land now,

Also, this was an area where the vikings were very active, and they would come down the river, and I wondered just what had taken place right there with the Vikings. Certainly a Viking longboat was found on the edge of the river one time. Sadly, it went to Scunthorpe museum and they lost it. Now how can you lose a longboat, I have to ask! But they stated that they did. If anyone finds it could you let us know please.

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