|And another gorgeous Sunset|
|Not a drop running over the weir.|
|The dark area is normally covered by water.|
A more gentle pace going downstream now the flow has almost stopped. We reached Eynsham lock and the lock keeper was waiting with open gates.
Cruised past the Dukes Cut branch, amazing to think two weeks ago we first entered the Thames from here travelling upstream.
|Dukes cut to the left and Kings lock right.|
|Kings lock being filled|
Most noticeable was the damage to the balance beam and gate. I was gobsmacked to find this was due, not to vandals, but a solitary bee called the Carpenter Bee. The lock keeper called it a black bee but looking on the web think the Carpenter Bee fits the bill. This beam was replaced 11 years ago and the bees (although solitary and will share the nests) turned up about 3 years ago. Even the windows on the lock house had to be changed to UPVC as the bees were munching their way through those too. A promise has been made by EA that the beam will be replaced in November but only with like for like (another wooden beam) so I (and the lock keeper) cant see this problem going away.
|Amazing the damage caused and the innards of the beam have also been hollowed out.|
|The bees have also got into the area where the bolt joins the two structures causing the beam to drop.|
|We were going downstream so kept the red to our right (this photo looking back)|
|And here the green to our left (going downstream and again looking back)|
Oops, we didn't know we had to Pre-pay but if anyone turns up our payment will be forthcoming.