…. with feathers all stubby and brown But, and sorry to use such a trite word, they are so cute! They are amazingly fluffy with their baby down, not yet able to shed water as they will do from their future feathers. We have been lucky enough to see them at many stages of growth,Continue reading “There once were some ugly ducklings ….”
My strategy for enjoying the Thames this summer did not include coots, but I have become ridiculously absorbed and fascinated by these cute feisty birds. It began a few months ago as I noticed them building their nests, working in pairs to make a safe haven for their eggs and their young. CapturingContinue reading “The Great Coot Exploration”
It began in a snowstorm in Biddulph – …. where we had our first night aboard and aground in our new home. Before too long Special Delivery provided a splashdown for Calliope at Reading and we took charge! Life at the Marina was crowded, but fun, with Spring sunshine making a reluctant appearance on daysContinue reading “Calliope Moments from Oxford to Brentford and one point North”
Found an unexpected, calm, mooring last night – Wargrave Marsh. Calliope is not listing to starboard – but the photographer may be! We were joined, cross stream, by a hunting heron. As the sun set a bedazzled goose came hopefully by. And the light graded gently through rainbow gold …. to pastel pinks, greys and blues. AContinue reading “Eventide at Wargrave Marsh”
Below the bridge at Abingdon, almost against its wall, two coots have build their nest and three eggs have been laid within. They are good parents. Together they prepare a home for their young. I hope they hatch out before we leave Abingdon!
It’s great when we get to be at the front of a BIG lock going upstream. It’s the closest I get to white water rafting when the sluices are opened! Hard to get a photo that even begins to convey this, but these few at Benson Lock give a slight feel of the calm andContinue reading “The calm and storm of Benson Lock”
It’s a bit different here on the upper reaches of the Thames (or should I say Isis?) The scenery is flatter, more meadows …. and, a delight for me, more farm animals. (I can lay off Farmville and Smurf Village for a while and get my rural kicks for real). Stewart kept calling “Cow!”Continue reading “Lock jams, boat jams and traffic jams with some bridges and animals.”
We like it here with views from the bridge (over to Streatley) ….. …. views from the back deck …. …. and a view OF the back deck Hold on, something’s missing …. Ah yes, Captain and crew! We like it SO much we came back again with Peter and Aileen.Continue reading “Greetings from Goring on Thames”