Abingdon Lock is getting to be more than a way of getting from one level of the River Thames to another.
The Whippet Kitchen opened last weekend – serving coffee, tea, home-made cakes, and ice cream. It got its name from the whippet that lives at the lock cottage. The cafe will be open most weekends over the summer, but being a small operation that cannot be guaranteed.
There are now even more sculptures by the artist known locally as ‘River Banksy’. Sculptures just appear overnight and very little is known about the artist.
Abingdon Lock has some new signage – taken from ‘The Idiots Guide To Boating’.
There is also a sign warning of a bee nest at the weir. At first the bees were suspected to be the endangered White Tailed Bee, but on closer inspection they turned out to be just common tree bees (see inset).