Odysseus returns to Ham Lands

 

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The Great Avenue at Ham, a feature of the eighteenth-century Carolinian landscape, has been restored and planted with young lime trees, presently unfurling their spring leaves. The raised embankment on which the avenue now rests offers increased protection against inundation. Flood meadows have been reintroduced a little further up stream to allow room for water, and cows are grazed there for much of the year. The cattle are moved from site to site along the Thames by barge, and here a calf accompanies Odysseus as he returns to the place from which he began his hazardous voyage.