2011

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At Beamish Living Museum

Old bus Old tram

'Elephant'engine on Pockerley waggonway Fairground horses

Church window Rag-rug making

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The crew

Pat at Stoke Bruerne Top Lock Tony at N entrance of Blisworth Tunnel

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Buckby Lock 12

Buckby Lock 12
On wide locks, it saves water if two boats transit together. There are also more people to work the lock, saving energy!

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Inside Braunston Tunnel

Inside Braunston Tunnel
This tunnel has a "wiggle". Problems with quicksand and slight errors in direction during construction meant that the two ends did not meet in the middle.

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Braunston Church

Braunston Church
Many of the working-boat fraternity were buried in Braunston Churchyard.

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Napton Windmill

Napton Windmill

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Danger! Men at Work

Bank repair work, Napton

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Aynho Weir Lock

Aynho Weir Lock
There are two 'weir' locks on this section of the canal, both with this odd shape. This was done to increase the volume of water passed from the river to the canal each time the lock was used.

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Medley footbridge

Medley footbridge

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Osney Bridge

Osney Bridge

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Red fox

Red fox

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Yellowhammer

yellowhammer

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Squirrel

Squirrel

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Thatched cottages at Clifton Hampden

Thatched cottages

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Great crested grebe & young

Great crested grebe

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Red Kite

Red Kite
There is a large number of Red Kites around the Reading section of the Thames

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Wallingford bridge

Wallingford bridge

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Moulsford railway bridge

Moulsford railway bridge
This bridge, along with several others across the Thames, is a "skewed brick" bridge (the bricks are laid on an angle to compensate for the angle at which the bridge crosses the river), making it more decorative (typical of the GWR).

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Goring lock & weir

Goring lock & weir

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"Ratty" at Goring lock?

small boat at lock
The whole lock was dropped for this small boat to take passage. It reminded me of the sort of boat Ratty may have used in "Wind in the Willows"

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Mute swan

Mute swan

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Evening over Pangbourne

Evening over Pangbourne

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Mapledurham House

Mapledurham House

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Reading

Reading

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Junction - Thames and K&A

Junction - Thames and K&A

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Wargrave

Wargrave

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Steam launch at Henley

Steam launch at Henley

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Canada geese

Canada geese
One of the many "rafts" of Canada geese seen this trip. Young are kept in crèches, watched over by all the mothers.

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Rowing practice at Henley

Rowing at Henley
This photo was taken from our mooring halfway along the course!
 
Mooring overnight cost us £6.00, during the regatta it would cost £50.00 per foot

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Creating the course

Creating the course
The course for this year's Regatta was being prepared as we passed. Large numbers of all kinds of rowing boats and sculls were out practicing from dawn till dusk

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Looking toward the finish

Looking toward the finish

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Start gate and "Temple"

Start gate and 'Temple'

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Coot's nest on course furniture

Coot's nest

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Brent geese

Brent geese

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"The Temple", Henley

'The Temple', Henley

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Norman church at Bisham

Norman church

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Marlow

Marlow

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Marlow church

Marlow church

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Stag beetle (female) at Cookham

Stag beetle

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Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle
Established by William the Conquerer in the 1070's, the present building was constructed by Henry II (1170's) and is still in use as a principal Royal Palace today.

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Her Majesty's Swans

Swans

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Pub at Runnymede

Pub at Runnymede
A pub has stood on this spot for over 800 years (that's an aweful lot of beer!)

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Memorial at Runnymede

Memorial at Runnymede
This is all one can see from the river, but is the top of the memorial to the Flying Services of Britain and the Commonwealth during WW2

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Staines railway bridge

Staines railway bridge

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Mayfly

Mayfly

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Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace
This was built for Cardinal Wolsey, but later was "annexed" by Henry VIII when Wolsey failed to permit his divorce.

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Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail

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Museum - RAF Hendon

Museum - RAF Hendon

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"The Royal London Hospital"

'The London'
Featured in the BBC series "Casualty 1906" (and the sequels for '07 and '09), "The London" was founded in 1740 as a voluntary hospital. It was to the forefront in the founding of new techniques such as X-ray, bacteriology, anaesthetics and surgery. The chairman of the board during the early 1900's championed the cause of treatment for all, becoming known as "Prince of Beggars" and eventually became Viscount Knutsford. King Edward VII would not have been crowned if surgeons at The London had not operated on his appendicitis (most patients died at that time). The initial diagnosis of mental stress disorders such as shell-shock came from work done by one of the doctors.

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"Blind Beggar pub"

Blind Beggar pub
The pub was featured in the BBC series "Casualty 1907", but was also later frequented by the famous Kray twins.

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"MN Memorial, Tower Hill"

MN Memorial

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"Magpie"

magpie

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"Cormorant"

cormorant
Fish stocks in the canal system must be good considering the number of cormorants seen this far inland.

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"Grey heron"

heron

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North Circular from the aqueduct above it,
... and the Steerer's-eye view

North Circular from aqueduct Aqueduct over North Circular

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Should this be on the wildlife page ?? ...

signpost
This sign was noted at the side of one of the locks. Lock-keeper obviously has a sense of humour (or some weird pets!!)

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Enterprising blackie

blackbird
The resident blackbirds at 'Bluebells' tearoom have realised there are rich pickings of leftovers on the tables. They sit on chairbacks and neighbouring tables waiting for you to leave before tucking in!

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