What would Toad have thought?

Kenneth Grahame, author of Wind in the Willows, retired to a town by the Thames called Pangbourne in Berkshire. The famous illustrations for that book were done by E H Shepherd said to have been inspired by the River Thames in that spot.


“…the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”
Wind in the Willows

Which brings me neatly on to my next picture. This is a print numbered 721/850 and signed by the artist Valerie Burton. The title is The Thames at Pangbourne. Here it is:

And here is the actual Thames at Pangbourne:


I think Toad would have said “it is all rather lovely”!


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