Hello again my old friend!!!
Before I knew it I was at Chertsey Lock...there were two locks on this stretch of the Thames.
Lots of canal boats and pleasure boats on this stretch.
How sad...but what a lovely tribute. This was on a bench along the path. There were lots of benches and believe me I plunked my butt on quite a few of them. Even though I didn't need the rest most of the time I thought it would be prudent to rest when I could. My motto when on a walking path: never let a bench or a toilet go to waste!
I kept murmuring "it's so beautiful"... I have said that a lot on this trip.
Okay I won't win any fashion awards but I don't give a crap - I was happy, happy, happy.
Lucky people living so close to the Thames - lucky people having that kind of money!
Yes I did a double take too when I saw that Polar Bear sitting on their balcony.
We are getting near Staines now...
That's telling 'em!!!
Two necking swans - they were pulling at weeds or whatever in the water with their necks entwined. How romantic I thought. Then he proceeded to ahem...jump her and she went right under the water and we thought she was going to drown. Charming! (not)
Such a beautiful area - I can't even begin to explain how much I loved this walk. (gush, gush)
Staines railway bridge...painted yellow on top to stop the swans from flying into it.
Sculpture of the Swan master on Staines' river front. The Crown owns all the mute swans in Britain. For five days in July the Swan Master and assistants row down the Thames and when they see a brood of cygnets they stop and count them as a way of doing a census of the swan population on the Thames. As I approach Windsor I will be seeing more and more.