Monday, September 08, 2008

In the wilderness

Day 40, Blisworth to Rothersthorpe Lock 7, Northampton Arm.

Forty days and forty nights. Wasn't that how long Noah's flood lasted? (I confess my point of reference is the children's song, not the primary source). The waters have begun to recede, but the Nene is still closed. Ever hopeful, our intrepid heroes edge closer to it nonetheless, bowhauling the diesel-starved Duck through the narrow locks. This would have made a great TV show.


Halfie said...

"Forty days and forty nights thou wast fasting in the wild" ... I fear you are confusing the flood duration with the time Jesus spent being tempted in the desert. According to Genesis 7:24 the waters prevailed upon the earth for 150 days - but I sincerely hope the Nene's waters recede rather quicker than that!

S said...

Ah yes, the song says it RAINED for forty days and forty nights, must be the next verse where it says how long the waters took to subside. The other reference was in the title... I was going to try to work St Swithin's Day in too, but it's been more than forty days since then, and I reckon most of them have rained.