Thursday, 25 May 2017

Further than we thought

Still at Medmenham Tuesday 23rd May
 Egyptian goslings with mum
 Canada goslings with Mallards hoping for food from me
 Late afternoon we went for what was meant to be a short walk, here passing Culham Court albeit on the other side of the river.  The plan was to carry on round the field back to Still Rockin'...
 ... but we saw this lane through the kissing gate and realised we were very close to Hambleden Marina so continued along here

Some very nice secluded houses along this lane.

According to Wikipedia Deo Non Fortuna means  'Not through luck, but through God' and is the motto of Epsom College. Most Latin translations I can find for Tretus is 'treatise' but I'm not sure that fits very well.  Anyone know any Latin?
Unfortunately the lane came out on the busy main road about 50 yards from the Marina entrance and we didn't want to risk walking where there was no pavement and road is narrow so we turned back having walked much further than we'd intended already.

Along the way we met a very interesting couple walking three dogs and stopped for a chat, as you do ... they live and work on the Medmenham Abbey Estate, a very nice couple who are toying with the idea of boat life ... hope they don't wait too long before they sample the good life!

After a long cold drink of water we sat out in the warm sunshine on Still Rockin's front deck with a glass of red each.  The lantern bird feeders must have been left by a winter moorer but they do add to the scene.  

Another good day!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Last night's sunset

 Over the meadow ...

... and over the River Thames

Monday, 22 May 2017

One day on the meadow

Yesterday on Mednemham meadow ...
8 am - must be freezing or mad or both!
While we were moored below Marlow Lock in all that rain a few days ago the River Thames rose by about 10" and yesterday we woke up on a tilt as the water had dropped again.  It took some effort to get us on an back onto an even keel again.
Dutch Barge Kyrenia with Brian and Mary onboard.  They spent the winter at Hambleden as we did and Kyrenia has now been sold.  They are taking her to Chatham Dock for the handover to the new owners.
Looking back at SR (with washing out) as we set off for a walk up Ferry Lane
Some very nice houses here
This is the end of a beautiful row of very old cottages
A semi!
A little lane off to the right caught my eye, it's Common Moor built by Medmenham Parish Council, so we went to see what's there and where it goes to
Looking back towards the gate we came in.  There is no discernable patch and the seat hasn't been sat upon for a good while 

There's a well built adventure area too but again no pathway to and from and I wonder if there have ever been any children playing here
We walk on a little way and see these canes stuck what appears to be haphazardly in the grass but there does seem to be a path of sorts 

... and we found wild orchids growing.   Did you know ....

Now that we'd found a path we followed it, perhaps it will come out onto a road, but no, it came to sturdy bolted large wooden gates.

We turned around as it was obvious that the way in was also the way out and came across what looks as if could have been a very rickety bridge crossing over the stream but there doesn't appear to be any sort of pathway or anything at all on the other side!
An open gate onto what seemed to be a large grassed area so I took a look but it was a private garden.  What a shame that such a space should be so unused, perhaps there haven't been any children in these large houses for a long time or certainly since the park was built.
We continued our walk to the main road and The Dog and Badger pub and had a look at the bus timetable for a trip into Henley.
Once again we turned around to walk home
           Being Sunday there was a service going on in the church
... outside of which was this immaculate Vauxhall Cresta.
We walked back the pretty way and could see the Chapel at  Culham Court for which a Swiss banker demolished a house on the estate.
We can see Still Rockin' in the distance ... nearly home 
Lots of ewes and their lambs keeping the grass short on the meadow where we're moored

Later in the afternoon we were sitting inside and I mentioned how close the sheep were grazing to the boat and low and behold not five minutes later there was a loud sploosh, a lamb had fallen between the bank and the boat.  We quickly went out and George got down on his front on the deck to try to get his arms under the lambs tummy to lift him.  Have you ever felt the weight to a pure wool jumper that is soaking wet?  Well this was at least three time that! Every time George thought he'd got a good grip his hands just slide away so he turned the lamb's back to the hull and put his hands around the top of the front legs and with remarkable strength managed to quickly stand up and launch himself and the lamb onto the bank.  The lamb stood there for a good 15 minutes wondering what the hell was that all about.  George was very wet and muddy and had even managed to get an earful of mud!  Well done George!
And after an eventful day, a lovely sunset and to cap it all the weather is set to get warmer - is this summer coming?  I hope so!

Sunday, 21 May 2017


 A misty, cold morning yesterday (Saturday), only 4.5°
 ... the sheep must be freezing so soon after being shorn
 By 07:30 when George went out for a run (yes, you read that right!) the sun was shining and it was warm
George took the photos when he returned, the one above is the original with no editing but when I adjusted the width of it on Photo (Mac)
... oops, this happened.
It was probably due to the internet dropping out as the photo 'saved' after being edited.  When I removed the editing it returned to being just the one balloon and basket. Phew!

I sat in the sun on the back deck (albeit with the pram hood closed) as I wrote this but I could see the rain clouds gathering although the rain didn't actually fall for a couple of hours.
 Mum, Dad and fourteen offsprings!
George enjoyed watching the Red Kites and a pair of Peregrine Falcons swooping over the meadow hunting, I wonder what they were after!
 An intriguing vignette seen across the Thames perfectly framed.

Trip boat Hampton Court cruising up and down the river with a jazz quartet entertaining the passengers although they are mostly inside out of the cold wind and peevish short downpours.

Medmenham meadow at nine pm and all is peaceful.