Early afternoon (20th January) ...
a slightly longer walk today ... over the weir bridge
The pollarded willows are coming to life over the mill stream
and there's still plenty of water coming down the Thames even though the river is very low at the moment
over Hambleden Lock
Looking back at the weir bridge and Hambleden Mill
We turned right today, walking towards Henley into the sun ...
for about 1½ miles ...
passing Temple Island
and looking back once again towards the Marina
and in front of us towards Henley
We turn left here towards Remenham ...
go through the churchyard of the Parish Church of St Nicholas ...
and look over meadows and River Thames to Greenland estate which in 1868 was purchased by the son of WH Smith also named William Henry Smith and is now Henley Business School ...
and Temple Island
Catkins in the hedgerows
Stopping half way up the steep hill to
get my breath back look at the view once again
Left again here ...
I'm fairly sure that the setting of snares, poison and traps is illegal
Walking along the ridge parallel to the river ...
in the cold but sunny Sunday afternoon was a pleasure.
Lots of sapling trees have been planted here
Surely it's too soon for these young shoots
Starting down hill now ...
where the shadows are lengthening ...
and we arrive at the Flower Pot Hotel which is part of our usual short walk.
Daffodils and Winter Jasmine bloom in Ferry Lane
as we continue our walk.
These trees are usually full of Red Kites, but not this afternoon. I wonder where they've gone!
Nearly there now
The water Irises are greening up too
Approaching Hambleden Lock and weir
Have I said before how much we love this place?
10 to 3 and the sun is lowering
45 minutes later and I can see the moon rising
This year's first full moon (also known as the Wolf Moon after the howling of wolves), is also a Super Moon and furthermore, there was a Total Lunar Eclipse of this moon which would have seen by north and south America and maybe from the northern isles off Scotland. Click the links above for some interesting information.
A really good day today!