Friday, 21 August 2015

Enjoying the beautiful Middle Thames

Thursday 20 August Burghfield Boat Club and the Cunning Man

Wednesday 19 August On to the River Kennet and Reading, then to Burghfield

Tuesday 18 August Wallingford to above Caversham Bridge, Reading

approaching Goring Lock

Liana and Alison at Goring Lock

what a river view!

Liana in peril at Beale Park

Company in Whitchurch Lock

Monday 17 August Sandford through Abingdon and Clifton to Wallingford
Alison with Annie at Sandford

Liana steering as Salters Steamer Goring passes

Horizontal tree

leaving Abingdon past old Wilts and Berks canal entrance


Liana polishing the brasses

Boathouse near Caversham, Reading

Sunday 16 August On to Wallingford

Chimney Meadows
We woke up to a cloudy scene, but took on water at Shifford Lock, then headed down river to Oxford, through countless sharp bends and willowy sedgy blind corners.

 Thank goodness we met the many canoeists and the breasted up pair of working narrow boats, Nuneaton and Brighton, on wider, straighter reaches of river!

Nuneaton and Brighton

 Had lunch below Eynesham Lock.
We took Annie up the Duke's Cut, very overgrown and cluttered with grotty boats around the lock, but failed to get milk, so back down Isis Lock onto the Thames.

Duke's Cut Lock - overgrown and approach blocked by old boats

approaching Osney Lock, avoiding a punt
Osney Lock was interesting, and a wait, but when we got further we found ourselves in the middle of Oxford Regatta! John steered close to the south bank but had to take avoiding action at times, as a multitude of rowers came past.
Oxford Regatta

Oxford Regatta

below Iffley Lock

Annie moored at the Kings Arms, Sandford

The river was so pretty that John slowed down, and we decided to stop above Sandford Lock at the Kings Arms, where Ali treated us to a lovely meal, a good end to a lovely day.

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