Category Archives: River Thames

Changes by the Thames in Abingdon

Old Abbey House
A heated beer tent has appeared on Nags Head Island. The Nags Head pub say ‘Oktoberfest in Munich might have been cancelled but Oktoberfest on The Thames hasn’t!’ It is from Friday 16th October to Sunday 18th October.
Old Abbey House
Scaffolding has appeared round the stone grotto in the garden of Coseners House. The work will make the grotto safe to use. The grotto has two chambers, and an external staircase and lookout. I do not know who or why it was built but my guess is that it was a 19th century folly.
Old Abbey House
Work is progressing on the new Kingfisher Canoe Club storage and changing hut.
Old Abbey House
A new information board has appeared at the Wildflower Maze in the Abbey Grounds. The maze has been cut back for the winter. The little stacks give a place for some wildlife to spend the winter.
Old Abbey House
Work continues on the Route 5 cycle path through the Abbey Grounds.
Old Abbey House
The narrow, bumpy, muddy track is being widened and evened out and made less muddy.

Sunshine, inflatables and big boats on the River Thames

Lots of Boats
We are at the height of the summer holidays. Thursday was hot. Friday was hotter. Today, Saturday, was milder but there was sunshine.

Somebody told me the Aldi had a special offer on inflatables. On the River Thames in Abingdon people are paddling about in inflatable canoes and on paddle boards, more than ever.
Lots of Boats
There are lots of larger boats moored in the meadows above and below Abingdon Bridge this evening.

Some are moored closer to the bridge than the notices allow. Others cannot find a place.
Lots of Boats
The new owners of the Nags Head have spaced tables further apart this year, and cater for the boaters as well as town people.

Evening Walk by the River Thames in Abingdon

Evening Walk by the River Thames in Abingdon
We walked out this evening along St Helen’s Wharf in Abingdon. The wharf was in shadow apart from where a low wall let the sunlight through.
Evening Walk by the River Thames in Abingdon
Along Wilsham Road we saw the first fast moving rowing boat we had seen since the start of the lockdown.
Evening Walk by the River Thames in Abingdon
It was a Sunday evening and there were not many cars parked – just the usual line of fibreglass boats with tarpoulines.
Evening Walk by the River Thames in Abingdon
At Abingdon Marina a parent swan was guarding three cygnets. They were all busily preening themselves and not posing for the camera. Preening is a bird’s way of grooming its feathers to keep them in the best condition.
Evening Walk by the River Thames in Abingdon
A lot more boats were moored at the Marina.
Evening Walk by the River Thames in Abingdon
We walked round the Marina Park and looked across the River Thames to where Swift Ditch ends. There is an elegant wooden bridge put there for the Thames Path.

Low Bright Sun in Abingdon after Christmas

Low Bright Sun in Abingdon
This morning there was a light frost in Abingdon-on-Thames.
Low Bright Sun in Abingdon
There are two swans near the slipway at St Helen’s Wharf.
Low Bright Sun in Abingdon
There are far more geese than swans. Some can be seen flying and landing in formation in this picture taken from the Margaret Brown Gardens.
Low Bright Sun in Abingdon
The low bright sun was dazzling (picture on Abingdon Bridge).
Low Bright Sun in Abingdon
There is still some flood water, but the River Thames floodplain in Abingdon is not as flooded as a few days ago.
Low Bright Sun in Abingdon
Today the recyling lorries collected some of the Christmas waste.

The roads were quiet early this morning. A lot of people have not gone back to work yet. Many firms encourage an extended Christmas break.

River Bank Litter Pick

Litter Pick
There was a good turn out on Saturday morning with adults, children, and dogs joining together for a litter pick in the sunshine organised by the AbiBinit! Litter Picking Initiative.
Litter Pick
Colin Galloway has been keeping Abingdon litter-free longer than most and got a Mayor’s award in 2014. He is onto his third trolley which helps carry heavier litter back to the collection point.
Litter Pick
However back at Reynold’s Way where there was a litter pick last month, the litter is building again against the wall of the Reynolds Supermarket.