|Before we reached Caversham lock we sailed through Reading and Caversham Bridge|
A story was told by this couple of a serious incident that happened at Phillimore Island by Shiplake. This couple had already moored on the Island when a number of youths swam across and proceeded to climb onto a branch. All the youths were sat on the branch when a loud crack was heard and the branch snapped in two. One of the girls suffered serious injury to her leg as she hit the ground and, as this couple pointed out, if anyone had been underneath the branch they would surely have been killed. To get the girl back to the mainland, the boys had to manhandle her onto a surf board and swim across with it. What happened next they were unsure of as they could no longer see what was happening but they felt sure a hospital visit was on the cards. As we approached Phillimore Island we could see the branch and how much had come down. I think judging by the size of it this was one very lucky lady.
|You can see where the branch snapped off|
We left Tesco and back tracked to Better Boating Marina. It was a self declare at 90p a litre, the cheapest we have seen on the Thames. Ian took on board 90 litres to fill the tank and did the usual 40/60 split. We could have gone for a smaller split but I felt that was being a bit dishonest. Anyway we had a pleasent run through Sonning, Shiplake and Henley on Thames.
|Approaching Sonning lock|
|I loved this property.|
|Henley on Thames|
|Post and marquees were still there after the regatta.|
We had our first BBQ in ages and although the bank was high, a lovely dog friendly swimming area was to be had right by the boat. Even Ian had a paddle!
|Great swimming hole|
|Jade had to remain tethered because sheep roamed the field.|
|Ian cooling off.|
|Ian filled our yellow bucket with water just in case we had a fire. Everywhere is so dry at the moment.|
|Grebes greeting each other|
|Feeding the chick fish|
|More babies on dad or mums back|
|Mayfly on the window of our cratch. Seems a bit late for them to still be around.|