|Anchor ready for service on the river|
|Turn right under the bridge to join the Duke's Cut|
|Sign on joining the weir stream of the Thames behind King's Lock|
Having been on narrow canals for so long the wide open waters of the Thames were a delight, with views of the surrounding countryside but with the additional problems of navigating on moving water - upstream so far so more engine revs and fun navigating tight bends with a long boat.
|Swinford Toll Bridge|
|Watchful Dog on a passing boat|
|Approaching Pinkhill Lock|
On Friday we decided to spend the morning on our folding bikes touring some of the little villages around us. The villages in the Upper Thames Valley are mostly some distance from the river so it made sense to take to the bikes. Our favourite village was Stanton Harcourt.
|Thatched cottages at Stanton Harcourt|
|Collection of Towers|
|More pretty cottages and a sleeping Brompton!|
The left tower with the pointed roof is attached to the Manor House which looks rather French, the one almost hidden behind the gable with the chimney is 'Pope's Tower' named after Alexander Pope and the right hand one is the church. What a collection of towers in a very small village.
One of the pleasures of the river are the delightful bridges:
|Newbridge - misnamed as it is the second oldest on the river|
|Radcot Old Bridge - the oldest on the river dating to the 13th century|
Ian has not been idle during this period either. The thing about a narrow boat is that there is a never ending stream of DIY jobs that need doing. Here is a picture Helen took of Ian painting the stern having removed the fenders. With the river flowing past quite quickly it can be quite dizzy making leaning over the side to do the painting.
|Painting the bright blue on the stern and even on the rudder|
|Cows in the River Windrush - the strange one on the left is in fact two cows|
|Greylag geese and goslings|
|A host of golden buttercups|
We are moored tonight at Radcot in a lovely spot by the bridge with easy access to the Swan for an evening drink by the river. Tomorrow we have visitors so that we will share the final day up the Thames to Lechlade and then finish with a meal in the town when we get there. Next week we will be heading downstream to Oxford and then carrying on down the Thames towards Reading to join the Kennet and Avon Canal to head westwards again. We hope the sunny weather continues.