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Thursday, September 05, 2013

The end of the Thames and an update

This afternoon I received an appointment via the phone for a meeting with the oncologist for Friday afternoon. I will let you know how I got on after I contact the family.

This modern looking building was featured on the Grand Designs TV programme. I quite like it but evidently the neighbours protested to no avail. Nb Valerie might fit under it although not with our wood pile.

The building on the right is what stood on the site before the re-build. Picture from architects web page.

 I wonder if Sandra said yes.
This can`t be Nick and Sandra just a week later surely. This is the Thames side Monkey Island Hotel.
Just a short distance down stream we did see the bride boarding a boat so arrival here was imminent. Now if you fancy getting wed there take a look at the prices but always bear in mind Jaq and I have found some nice little islands along the Thames so we can do a cut price. Good bbq food and crates of beer with some good music CD`s. Ok not the same but we won`t charge £4.50 for a chair cover, I kid you not, because you`ll be sat on the grass at the Nb Valerie cut price wedding.

Anyone know the story about how this post box ended up surrounded by the Thames. U.S readers this is a typical mail box that can be found mostly in  rural areas. Sometimes they can be set into the side of a cottage or farm building. They are emptied 6 days per week. If memory serves me it`s Sonning Bridge. My theory is the Thames has either widened or deviated from it`s original course and this was once a small stream.

This was the only lock that was occupied solely by narrowboats.

The entrance to the Kennet and Avon canal. Still need to venture along it to Bristol.

Caversham Bridge 
 The stairs caught my eye like two helter skeltas at the fun fair.
Just past Caversham Bridge on the edge of Reading. This was the extent of our River Thames trip as following my ending up in A and E (emergency room) we turned to come back to be near the doctors and most important family. Beautiful moorings with open park land to the right. Certainly a place I won`t forget in a hurry.



Anonymous said...

Strange as it may sound, I much prefer the end of the Thames cruise photograph of NB Valerie! Maybe it's time to change the header photograph???

Andy said...

The red postbox is a folly. When we stopped in Sonning we were told an eccentric gentleman put's it in different places around the village. Before the bridge it was on the church tower but he was told to take it down

Neil Corbett said...

Good luck tomorrow Les, hope they come up with a satisfactory option for you that you are comfortable with.
Kath (nb Herbie)

Anonymous said...

Hi Les and Jaq. Dad had a stoma fitted earlier this year and he's back to doing just about everything he used to do. His one concession is an electric-start lawn mower, rather than a pull-start!

Now for some 'local knowledge'...

The letterbox at Sonning Bridge is just a box front - there's no box in the wall. Apparently it used to be 10 feet up on the side of a house in the village, put there for fun but it became sort of famous (in a small-village way!) and remained. However, when they decorated the exterior of the house it mysteriously re-located to the bridge!

The office-block in Reading with the helter-skelter staircases is the main headquarters of Thames Water.

Next time you are on the Thames, there'll be a pint waiting for you in Abingdon!

Take care of eachother.


Les Biggs said...

Hi Bryce
Had a look at both and I prefer the one on the blog header.

Les Biggs said...

Hi Andy and Alistair
Thanks for the info on the post box, now I`ll have a google and try to find more.
That pint sounds good Alistair, sorry we missed you.

Les Biggs said...

Hi Neil/Kath
Trying to accept something is not going to be easy. just have to wait and hear what they say and suggest.
We are thinking Radio is the preferred over chemo.

Ken and Sheena said...

Hi Les & Jaq. I've got a cupboard of sainsbury's bags you can have. (no holes). Just kidding. Humour being the best antidote to just about anything. Fingers crossed and best wishes.

Sonning bridge was regularly used by Dick Turpin and Black Bess on their way to Oxford. (He knew somebody who lived in the village).

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs