A Knight’s Tale (122: The Thames In South Oxfordshire)

Here the row continues along the River Thames in South Oxfordshire

This was still near enough to normal civilisation for elderly couples to be out walking along the banks.

If there were any footpaths on this stretch, they lay beneath the ripeness of, summer requiring negotiation, in the form of wild flowers attracting bees; grasses in seed; plantains tripping over; broad backlit leaves bearing shadows of other floral forms; and convovulous carrying tiny beetles.

One of the latter plants trailed over the river, reflecting on the murky water.

Derelict hut 7.03

An avian trio perched on the coping stones of a derelict shed in need of replacement tiles;

a peacock and hen entered into head to head negotiations;

Mallard and ducklings

a mallard paddled along ahead of her imprinted offspring;

Swans and cygnets

and a pair of swans introduced their cygnets to further reaches of the Thames.

Sheep and farm buildings 7.03

A flock of sheep grazed alongside what I took to be farm buildings of some sort.

The sun-baked natural world disregarded the two young men taking a leisurely row along the sleepy waters, passing a dangerous-looking weir, and negotiating a narrow lock.


  1. Such lovely pastoral scenes–and peacocks for a bit of exotic color. Your final comment is a beautiful summary, which makes me think you’re feeling at least a little bit better.

  2. I am enjoying this virtual trip along the canal. You saw and documented so many things along the way! That sprig of bindweed flower and its reflection is quite beautiful.

  3. I’m surprised to see peacocks here. I didn’t imagine these birds inhabited these regions. Lovely photo-blog. Very informative about small details.

  4. Oh, how lovely and peaceful! ‘Tis a joy to see all of the birds and the sheep! I especially love the “art” the sun and shadows created just for you to photograph! 🙂
    Your descriptions are lyrical and beautiful! 🙂
    That shed sure has some character. 🙂
    Prayers and bestest wishes for you all to get completely well and healthy.

  5. I love this tale, and you tell it so well. It’s interesting that even back then you were interested in the wildlife, the people, the buildings and the plants, just as you are today.

  6. The journey depicted is like a pilgrimage. There are some excellent, innovative photographs captured during the trekking along side the canals.

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