LOIRE VAL­LEY, FRANCE

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - The Spirit Of Discovery -

salute and I recog­nise them in an in­stant. It’s Ken­neth Gra­hame’s Mole, Mr Toad, Mr Bad­ger and Ratty, trans­ported to France and out for a lark.

Mole: ‘‘ And you re­ally live by the river? What a jolly life!’’

‘‘ By it and with it and on it and in it,’’ said the Rat. ‘‘ It’s brother and sis­ter to me, and aunts, and com­pany, and food and drink, and (nat­u­rally) wash­ing. It’s my world, and I don’t want any other. What it hasn’t got is not worth hav­ing, and what it doesn’t know is not worth know­ing.’’ Michael Ge­bicki was a guest of UTracks.

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