Any summer’s day in England that isn’t rainy is a good summer’s day

August 4, 2013

This Sunday dawned sunny but, by mid-morning, the wind whipped up and the sky clouded over and acted like one giant flood light.

There was some call for rain showers by lunch, but Robert and I decided to go for a walk on the Thames anyway.

We drove the five field distance to the river instead of having a super long walk and parked adjacent to our local pub The Rose Revived and looked down the Thames to New Bridge. New Bridge has grade II listing making it of extreme historical importance. It was built in the 14C but is called New Bridge because it was the last of three bridges built to span the Thames here in Oxfordshire.

There were a lot of people braving the called-for drizzle and enjoying the river.

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There is a beautiful foot path called the Thames path which spans 184 miles along the riverbank so we jumped on our local five miles or so and set off.

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We brought our light rain coats but soon had to take them off. It was just too warm.

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Several narrow boats passed by. We love narrow boats and sometimes think it would be an ideal life style to live on one. Wouldn’t it be dreamy to take your house with you and putter around rivers and canals?

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About four fields down the path we heard whistling. It was a sharp short whistle or two and I thought it may have been a moor hen, but Robbie thought it was a mechanical whistle sound.

You know what it turned out to be?…..

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A man on the other side of the bank exercising his two dogs!

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We waved hello, (as you do to everyone here), and watched him for a while.

He had a black lab and a black spaniel and he threw duck-like objects into the water or the reeds, made his dogs sit for a while, and then, with the whistle, sent them out separately to retrieve.

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We watched him for a long time then waved goodbye and followed another narrow boat back to the Rose and our car.

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By the way, we mentally decided one day we will have dogs again and they will be one flat coated retriever and one German pointer. The retriever will be called Atlas and our pointer will be called Max. Now all we have to do is figure out where and how we’re going to have these two dogs. And incidentally, figure out how to bring our three cats from two countries together and make them all get along.

Details! 🙂

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I did it! This is my first original lino print.
"Excuse me, where's the Oxford University?", AKA how to have fun with the tourists.

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  • Reply August 4, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    You make a great looking couple V ! Love your feather !

    • Reply Veronica August 5, 2013 at 6:36 am

      Aw, thank you Kathryn. I thought that was a Canada goose feather, so very appropriate for me…lol

  • Reply Daryl August 5, 2013 at 5:50 am

    if anyone can get those cats to come together its you .. and i love that you’ve thought out the dogs and their names, its what i did before we adopted our late Gus …

    • Reply Veronica August 5, 2013 at 6:37 am

      Oh Daryl, you think so? Wouldn’t that be wonderful. 🙂 Ever since our dogs died we’ve missed having a dog so much. One day…:)

  • Reply Sara v August 5, 2013 at 11:55 am

    What an absolutely lovely walk we just had 🙂 Thank you so much. I think it would be so much fun to have a narrow boat and explore the canals, stop and sip some wine watch the banks for critters, a sunset, wave to people…fun! And I love your dog names–we have a “Max” he’s a gorgeous blonde husky mix. We just added a small dog (because they are hilarious), a white mop (people guess anything from Bichon to Maltese) named Lucy (both rescues). Can’t imagine a life without dogs–hope that you get yours soon 🙂

    • Reply Veronica August 5, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Sara, I’ve seen your gorgeous dog on your blog; I love husky anything because my dogs were malamutes. Chloe’s boyfriend’s family have four dogs and one is a small yorkie called Cocoa but everyone calls her Wookie. She is the funniest and craziest thing on four legs! One day I’ll have to steal Wookie for a photo shoot. 🙂 Good for you getting rescue pets. Mine have always been rescue pets too. There are just so many loving animals out there who need homes, aren’t there?

  • Reply Claudia August 12, 2013 at 5:37 am

    I am fascinated by narrow boats. I recently read a mystery where they figured in the story. I can absolutely picture myself living on one.

    • Reply Veronica August 12, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      Me too Claudia. It seems to be pretty affordable here in Oxfordshire. Boat costs about £30,000 for a really nice one and then some moorage costs, which are not too bad and vary from place to place. 🙂

  • Reply julochka August 14, 2013 at 3:46 am

    i don’t know if i’d want to live on one, an awful lot of those midsomer murders happen on those boats, don’t they? 🙂

    • Reply Veronica August 14, 2013 at 8:51 am

      Lol, that’s true too Julie, or they’re always burning down or something.

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