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Flooding in Purley-on-Thames (update – 6th January 2013)

Jack and I went with Nana for a walk down to Mapledurham Lock this afternoon and I took some photos of the receding flood waters.  We think the water level must have dropped about 2-3 feet since the previous pictures I posted.

I strongly believe that the swans saw a child and thought we were a sure thing for bread!

I strongly believe that the swans saw a child and thought we were a sure thing for bread!

Investigative swan!

Investigative swan!

Gulls swimming in the fields...

Gulls swimming in the fields…

Mapledurham Lock

Mapledurham Lock

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The weir at Mapledurham Lock – spot the crazy canoeists??

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Canoeists on the weir…

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The water depth measured 12ft…

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The weir and canoeists

The lady at the lock cafe must have thought we were insane, as JackJack has an ice lolly (lemonade flavour) – brrrrrr!

 

 

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…more flooding in Berkshire (Pangbourne/Goring this time)…

Thanks to my mum and stepdad for more pictures of the flooded river Thames.  This time Pangbourne and Goring, although I am unable to distinguish, I have been reliably informed which is which!

Look at the useful bench in the middle of the flood – bet the ducks love it!

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From the Bridge at Pangbourne…uses for that bench on a postcard, please…?

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The Thames at Goring and Streatley

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Sometimes I just see beauty…

A few weeks ago, it was absolutely freezing here in the UK.  It’s now so mild that I think the flora and fauna are confused.  I took this picture near the kids’ school…

The beauty of a winter's morning

The beauty of a winter’s morning

That same morning, my car had such thick frost on it that it looked like a crown!  The kids couldn’t believe that it wasn’t snow…

Jack Frost was at work on my car!

Jack Frost was at work on my car!

I know my mother would curse me for this, but I am actually hoping for a nice thick blanket of snow…just for a couple of days, so that we can get the sledge out and maybe build a snowman.

The kids sledging on the driveway...

The kids sledging on the driveway…

SNOWMAN!

SNOWMAN!

I love being safe at home with the snow coming down thick and fast…one time that it did this, me and Dave walked the dogs up to the off licence in the village and bought a bottle of bubbly to celebrate the snow (winter 2010/2011).

...and this was *before* he started drinking...

…and this was *before* he started drinking…

That same winter, a couple of days after Archie started school, it was snowed shut.  The school asked parents to volunteer to come and shovel snow out of the staff car park.  Now, you must understand that at this point, parents had had over excited children at home over Christmas, and they had only managed either 1 or 2 days back before snow closed the school, so….

...our children *will* come to school tomorrow!!!!

…our children *will* come to school tomorrow!!!!

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Flooding in Purley-on-Thames

Purley playing fields

Purley playing fields

My mum sent me these pictures of the floods near her home in Purley-on-Thames.  We take the kids to play at this park often in the summer…

Mapledurham Lock (in the distance!)

Mapledurham Lock (in the distance!)

In the summer (and sometimes in other seasons!), we walk across the field under this water to the lock that is just visible in the distance.  This is in large part due to the irrisitable draw of the ice cream shop on the lock!!!  There is also a geocache near the lock…Thames Path – Mapledurham Lock, although you’d have to swim there at the moment!

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