Well after a hard day fighting the current from
Reading we reached
evening. The locks are all now
displaying red boards warning of a “Strong Stream” which means we have to sit
tight until the river calms down. It is
now a fair torrent rather than a placid river.
Our present concern is that we have 18 inches for the river to rise
before it tops the bank where we are moored and then another couple of feet
before our boats float out of the river and onto the towpath.
We are considering if we should take additional precautions against this
happening. And the rain has just started
again. So much for a drought in the
South East. Wallingford
As we’ve travelled we have seen some interesting wildlife.
Here are some Canada Goslings
And here are some “Loddon Lillies” which are apparently quite rare but seem pretty common on islands in the
Thames near Sonning where the river Loddon flows into the Thames presumably because
people cannot pick them there.
As mentioned before we have had to fight the flow of water from the weirs in order to get into the locks and this picture gives an idea of what is involved, though the actual experience is much more exciting than the picture suggests.
|Marsh Lock, Henley on Thames|
So now we are stuck and we’re not sure how long it will be before we can move on. Fortunately Wallingford is a pretty town with all necessary facilities so we could certainly have been stuck in a worse place for a few days. Today we had the pleasure of welcoming our friend Miriam to Leo and then went for a couple of damp but pleasant walks in the Chilterns with lunch at the William IV at Hailey which itself did not have electricity because of damage to power lines. Even driving was a problem with many trees down across the road. We had to stop and clear one in order to pass.
Finally here is a picture of David and Victoria paddling on the riverside by some mooring stanchions. This is certainly not meant to be under water.
Please may we now have a few days dry weather to enable us to continue.