With May bank holiday coming up and the dire weather forecast we decided to move on from Cookham yesterday morning and find a mooring that we could enjoy even through the rain.
We're not going far just a mile or so and pulled into the current to wind downstream once again
The mooring is close to the bridge which has a small channel archway for us and immediately after it's a sharp left
... into Cookham Lock cut where for once there's a lock keeper on duty
... and within a few minutes of being out of the cut
... we're in one of our very favourite moorings
... on Cliveden reach
... in view of the palatial Cliveden House where 350 years of power, politics, parties, and passion have taken place
... and downstream towards Maidenhead
Today is the day - the only day over the weekend that the sun will shine and it won't rain ... so we set out on a walk.
I've read online what's to see just now at Clivedon ...
so, going up the hill ...
... that's Latin for Bluebells!
At the top of the hill in the grounds ...
The Rhododendrons have started to bloom in the water garden
The carrara marble Fountain of Love originated in Rome and was purchased and brought to Cliveden by Lord Aster in 1896
The water tower was completed in 1861; the sculpture on the top is a version of the Spirit of Liberty in Paris' Place de Bastille.
In 1896 Lord Aster had constructed a Generator House to replace the gas lighting (1870's) originally by installing a steam boiler and in 1932 replacing the boiler with a 100 horsepower diesel engine to power not only the lighting but domestic items such as fridges, freezers and vacuum cleaners (just 25 horsepower more that the engine which drives Still Rockin' yet using the same system of alternators, batteries and inverters).
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After mains electricity came to Cliveden House the generator house fell into disrepair and the National Trust's current project is to restore the building.
Tulips and Primulas make colourful borders
As we can see Cliveden House from Still Rockin', we can see Still Rockin' from the Parterre at Cliveden House!
Cliveden during WWI and WWII
The view above right can be seen through the main gilded gate
On the way home, down the hill
Passing another vibrant tulip and primrose border
Beautiful twists on the bark of this tree - is it a hornbeam?
Glimpsed through the woods
... and over the Berkshire countryside
Still Rockin' from the footpath above
Nearly home ...
A great day, great views, great walk much enjoyed.