Friday 25 June 2010

Henley to Maidenhead

Having decided to stay in Henley through Tuesday, we took a walk into the town in the morning.  The weather continues to be roasting!

 SDC10987Henley Market Place

 SDC10989Friday Street

Having breathed a sigh of relief that we could leave our England flag flying for at least another few days, we left Henley for Marlow on Thursday morning.

 SDC10990Temple Island

 SDC10992Medmenham Abbey, with connections to the infamous Hellfire Club in the middle of the 18th Century

 SDC10994The National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey – daughter Emma used to work here for England Hockey

Emma and the children arrived soon after we moored up in Marlow – we had lunch and set off for a short cruise.  Latest granddaughter Elizabeth is now almost five months old and a real cutie – was a bit grumpy though!

 SDC10995Elizabeth with her feet up!

This was the only photo I got though as I seemed to spend the rest of the afternoon hanging on for dear life to either Flo or Milly to stop them leaning too far overboard!

I couldn’t sleep last night as it was so hot, so was up at 3.30, and was treated to dawn and sunrise over Marlow.

 SDC10999Dawn – 4am

 SDC11002Sunrise 4.52am

Later we headed off intending to stop somewhere around Cliveden Reach, but unfortunately moorings were scarce and those that we found were either too short for us or too shallow, so we continued on

 SDC11006Cliveden Reach with Cliveden on the hill behind, once a stunning mansion dating back to the 17th century, now owned by the National Trust

 SDC11007Boulter’s Lock – we came here years ago to watch the boats, never thinking that one day we might be going through in our own boat

We are now moored at Maidenhead, and will probably move on towards Windsor tomorrow.

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