Predictably perhaps, my school form tutor and Geography teacher, Mr. Garnett, was nicknamed Alf - I recall the suppressed adolescent hilarity as he discussed the properties of alfalfa....
.But I better remember a lesson he taught when, twenty-plus years later, our careers crossed again and Chris Garnett, Geography Adviser, came to our school to assist in the planning of a field trip along the Waveney Valley. He pointed out then that the River Waveney is somewhat untypical, as it did not form the valley through which it flows - the Waveney is there because of a valley carved by glacial meltwater...
.Later this month, in his talk Stones and Bones, Tim Holt-Wilson talks about the formation of the landscape we live in. He will 'explore the story archive that is the Waveney Valley - and how those stories were written on the landscape by water'.
Amongst the tales up for telling are:
Why is England's second deepest inland body of water in Diss?
Was the river ever navigable as far as Scole?
Why is there a glaciation period named after Hoxne?
Why are there so many gravel pits round here?
What effect will global warming have on our watery landscape?
and many more!