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.
Along Wilsham Road we saw the first fast moving rowing boat we had seen since the start of the lockdown.
It was a Sunday evening and there were not many cars parked – just the usual line of fibreglass boats with tarpoulines.
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.
A lot more boats were moored at the Marina.
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.
This morning there was a light frost in Abingdon-on-Thames.
There are two swans near the slipway at St Helen’s Wharf.
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.
The low bright sun was dazzling (picture on Abingdon Bridge).
There is still some flood water, but the River Thames floodplain in Abingdon is not as flooded as a few days ago.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After plummeting the few feet at Abingdon Weir the water looks like it is boiling,
There has been a lot of rain over the last week.
Below Abingdon Lock the river looks much calmer.
The River Thames is running fast. It widens
and narrows through the bridge at Abingdon and then flows away towards Culham and more distant places like Reading and London.
There will be a litter pick from Abingdon Lock on Saturday from 10 am but due to the fast flow the canoe club will not be out.