Sunday, 9 December 2018

Same walk ... but ...

... there's always something different to see!
By the time we were up and about this morning (Sunday 9th Dec) the sky was bright and blue ... and the swans had come to have a word with George!

Time for our walk before our day becomes busy ...  

I mention white water rafting yesterday and today the canoes were out in the mill stream (taken from the weir bridge) ...




 Only 50 seconds long ... but turn up your sound for the full effect!

So good to see the sun and there was warmth in it too!

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Amazing light ...

 After seeing the squirrel looking up confused when I moved the feeders and saw that the small birds weren't visiting I've put them all back in the old apple tree ... the squirrel is delighted!
 After the deluge of rain we had yesterday morning (7th December) the dark, heavy clouds start to move away ...
 and the sun is valiantly trying to break through
 First time this winter that a pheasant has come to visit ... could it be because George dropped some of the bird seed under the tree?
 The sky has cleared and the sun is shining on to clouds ...
 



as we take a stroll in the cold wind along the weir ... two sluices open today ...







the river is rising a little
 Anyone for a white water rafting?
 I love winters' light



Hambleden Marina through the trees as we make our way back home.

As I write this (Saturday) after more heavy rain overnight the River Thames condition has risen to 'Stream Increasing' between Marsh Lock (Henley) and Boveney Lock (Windsor) and orange warning boards are being displayed at those locks/reaches that are affected. 

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Warm, wet and windy!

 That was the weather on Monday (3rd) when we had a lovely visit from George's sister Di and hubby Paul.
The rain was very heavy at times interspersed with patches of blue sky; sometimes blue sky on one side of the stream and dark rain clouds on the other ... so we saw a couple of rainbows during the day.  It was good to spend some time with Di and Paul as they will be moving from the area in the next week or so and we'll miss their company which we've enjoyed immensely over the past three winters.  We wish them happiness in their new home.
 Tuesday dawned coldy coldy! Only 2°c, with a hard frost ...



but the sky soon brightened although the temperature didn't rise very much.

We took a three hour bus ride (two buses each way) towards Aylesbury to keep an appointment to have an excess of wax (sorry if that's too much information!) removed via micro suction from my ears as most doctors' surgeries no long offer any type of service for this affliction!  We arrived early and I was soon seen, the actual procedure only taking a few minutes.

 We caught the bus back to High Wycombe and had a wander around the shops before picking up a few essentials from Tesco; it was getting dark as we heading for home.

A long day, but useful obviously!

Monday, 3 December 2018

First time ...

this winter (2nd December) walking into Henley ...
a 2¼ mile dull, damp, drizzly walk!


It would have been rude not to eat at the Catherine Wheel where George had a full English and I had a very nice creamy mushroom risotto with chicken before catching the bus home.

It was a good day!