The Wind in the Willows

In Henley-on-Thames there is a River and Rowing Museum that has an exhibit devoted to The Wind in the Willows.

2014-07-14 road to Henly day113The Wind in the Willows is a charming children’s book written by Kenneth Grahame and published in 1908.

Mole and Ratty
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing –
half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

The book tells the story of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Mr Toad and their adventures of the riverbank. Beneath the surface, his animal society is used as a vehicle for social comment with the story representing the passing of the old world and coming of the new.

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2014-07-14 road to Henly day111“The river, which plays a central role in the book, is thought to have been inspired largely by the Thames from Cookham to Pangbourne where Grahame lived for much of his life. A permanent exhibition at the Museum uses 3-D models, theatrical lighting and audio guides to recreate the story, while a display in the River Gallery looks at the life of Kenneth Grahame and the development of the book. This display includes a selection of the Museum’s Wind in the Willows collection including a first edition produced by Methuen in 1908.”

2014-07-14 road to Henly day112Have you ever been on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland?

Mr_Toad's_Wild_RideThe ride is of course influenced by this Children’s Classic. “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is a dark ride at Disneyland Park. It is one of the few remaining attractions that was operational on the park’s opening day in 1955.” I need to get back to Disneyland and take a ride again now that I’ve read the book and walked along the River Thames.


I read The Wind in the Willows for the first time in 2008 and that same year Dear and I went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market where I saw and purchased this teapot by Sadler from their Classic Stories series.

I don’t want to totally ignore the fact that this was a River and Rowing Museum so I will show you a couple photos from the larger part of the museum.

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2014-07-14 road to Henly day114It was interesting to read about the Rowing history and to see the old Blazers and Olympic uniforms worn.

Do you like to mess about in boats? I have enjoyed canoeing on a lake and we tried Kayaking which was fun. If I can see the shore I don’t mind being in a boat but I’m not fond of being on water without a shoreline in sight.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

8 thoughts on “The Wind in the Willows

  1. You’re making me want to look through my illustrated Wind in the Willows book. I am sure that everything comes together beautifully when you have read the book and visited the locale. Now off to have that wild ride!

  2. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was such a white knuckle ride as a kid. I loved it! The other oldies were the Alice in Wonderland ride (in a caterpillar with his arms crossed sulky like in front, going through a series of ever smaller doors. All the black light back then was so scary!

    What an interesting museum you found!

  3. I would love to visit this museum. You gave us such a lovely tour, thank you. Great photos and I would dearly enjoy having one of those frogs in my foyer.

  4. Oh what fun Ellen – I adore your Teapot! I’m behind reading and commenting – we’re in your time zone right now and enjoying some lovely warm temperatures and nursing our sore feet!

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