The whole of the River Thames is currently on Red Boards which means that it is not safe to navigate.
Today (3rd April) we went for our usual short walk ...
The river is up about 12' (4+mtrs) and today we have to step down about 18" from Still Rockin's rear deck onto the pontoon and cannot step from there onto the grass any longer
The lower step which we usually step up onto from the pontoon is now submerged
Grape Hyacinth growing along the mill stream edge
This is where the River Thames comes into the mill stream. Usually there is just a few inches of water but now there's about 18" coming through. The throughput is controlled by the lock keeper along with the sluices on the weir.
Looking back from the bridge above at Still Rockin' against the rising pontoon.
From your warm comfy seat with perhaps a cuppa/glass, put your feet up, turn up the sound and listen to the roar of the river and the wind
... as I take you with me on a walk over Hambleden weir
Both the lower and higher lock landings downstream of Hambleden Lock are completely submerged
You can just see the tips of the safety ladder on the higher lock landing
The river has flooded the field through which runs the Thames Path (towpath)
But the rain we've had has brought forth the early spring wild flowers as we walk home ...
... Daisy and Chickweed
... and the Dandelion
The water in the lock will flood the lock sides if we get any more rain.