Resources

This page contains information, links and pdf files which are relevant to the series of River Friend books. It is provided free of charge, but please respect copyright of the different authors. Thank you.

RFS6: “An Introduction to the WATER FRAMEWORK DIRECTIVE (A River Friend Series Reference Book)”

If you would like to just browse this book for information, it is available to download free of charge: Download RFS6
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RFS3: “A PROLOGUE TO THE SERIES: Plant Identification and Glossary of Terms” 

Although this book can be purchased, it is also provided here free of charge as a Guide for the whole series of River Friend books. It contains relevant terminology explanations, a low-resolution picture guide and reference section for further reading. Download RFS3
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RFS5: “REED—ON THE EDGE” 

In Book 5 in the River Friend Series “REED—ON THE EDGE”, there is mention of St Guthlac and Beowulf. Below are two illustrations from the book (illumination roundels) about St Guthlac’s life; and the Beowulf Poem can be downloaded here: Download Beowulf.

Fig. 4a. Guthlac being swamped by evil demons.
Fig. 4b. Guthlac appears to King Æthelbald in a dream.

What Rivers do for Us: Complete poem by G K Chesterton

Wine and Water

Old Noah he had an ostrich farm and fowls on the largest scale,
He ate his egg with a ladle in a egg-cup big as a pail,
And the soup he took was Elephant Soup and fish he took was Whale,
But they all were small to the cellar he took when he set out to sail,
And Noah he often said to his wife when he sat down to dine,
“I don’t care where the water goes if it doesn’t get into the wine.”
The cataract of the cliff of heaven fell blinding off the brink
As if it would wash the stars away as suds go down a sink,
The seven heavens came roaring down for the throats of hell to drink,
And Noah he cocked his eye and said, “It looks like rain, I think,
The water has drowned the Matterhorn as deep as a Mendip mine,
But I don’t care where the water goes if it doesn’t get into the wine.”
But Noah he sinned, and we have sinned; on tipsy feet we trod,
Till a great big black teetotaller was sent to us for a rod,
And you can’t get wine at a P. S. A., or chapel, or Eisteddfod,
For the Curse of Water has come again because of the wrath of God,
And water is on the Bishop’s board and the Higher Thinker’s shrine,
But I don’t care where the water goes if it doesn’t get into the wine.

G K Chesterton. 1914. (English critic, novelist and poet 1874–1936.)