Thursday 24 April

A road trip with our friends to Newbury to call in at an ‘unusual plant sale’ was great fun.   The stall holders did their best to tempt us to part with our money and I did succumb to buying some flip-flops.   Sadly we don’t have much use for plants at the moment although there were some very interesting specimens available.

We returned to Abingdon via Kintbury where we stopped off  for lunch at a canal side pub on the Kennet & Avon Canal.   This was a trip down memory lane as we’d passed by this pub in 2010 and been unable to get a drink as it had been a Sunday when the pub was closed.

The countryside of the Berkshire Downs was glorious in the sunshine.   After the recent rain the rapeseed yellow fields were so bright.

We returned to the boat to take Max for a walk and enjoyed a lovely stroll along the Thames in the early evening sunshine and watched a hot air balloon drift across the sky and watched a duck with eighteen tiny chicks.  At first she let them play along the rivers edge where they spread out from each other over quite a distance and then she suddenly rounded them up into quite a tight huddle and escorted them easily from one bank to the other despite the strong flow of the river.  It was a lovely sight.