take the boat from Ross to Symonds Yat tomorrow,' suggested
'Why not!' I replied, enthusiastically. 'We can film
the journey for Wyenot'.
this journey for another tourism video had been something
I had had in mind for a long while.
you learn from experience! We had a very nice day actually,
out on the river seeing only a few fishermen en-route but
it was far from being the easy day I had imagined. Following
the very dry month of June, the water level was low and
I think I walked five of the fifteen mile journey, in the
water, towing the boat with Tina in it. It took seven hours.
Three days later, muscles in my legs, which I did not know
I had are still aching.
took with me two video cameras and a stills camera to film
the journey. However. With all the dodging underwater boulders
and constantly climbing in and out of the boat, all the
real video shot was next to useless. I am going to wait
until the river level rises and re-shoot the journey alone.
I do not mean 'alone' in an arrogant way. Tina and I had
a lovely day out together, which was the main object of
the exercise. It is just the boat was too small for the
two of us, plus all the gear and this made accurate filming
In the mean time. Some might still like to see the beautiful
scenery in the version below, which uses the intended proper
video at the beginning but then switches to a stop-motion
stills animation as I did manage some good stills along
the route - four thousand of them in fact. This is 7 hours
in 9 minutes. I hope you enjoy watching. The proper version
will follow as soon as I achieve a good filming run.