We journeyed down to stop with our Son in Staines-on-Thames over Easter.
The weather was lovely and we got out and about.
We got the train into Charing Cross - to go and see Sondheim's 'Sweeney Todd' done by English National Opera with Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson. It was the Lincoln Centre production brought over from New York and was absolutely excellent!
The photo is of Lord Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square, where we sat in the afternoon sun!
We also visited a favourite riverside park of ours - here at Marlow.
This photo is of a lovely riverside property opposite the park
The famous view downstream to Marlow Bridge
Old timers taking a scull - what you do when living near the River?!
Marlow Rowing Club - where the great Sir Steve Redgrave rowed
The view of Marlow weir with the Mill complex in the background - looking downstream
The white building is the old Mill, with the mill race flowing out in the back left corner - now lovely duplex apartments
This is the view upstream (in hazy midday sunshine) - we intend to come this way next year 2016 on our big summer cruise!
Watching a fine cruiser come through the lock - there wasn't a Lock Keeper there, so the crew worked the gates and paddles themselves - 'self service'!
Filling the lock
Next downstream was this large cruiser
In one of the nearby gardens, I spotted these bee hives in the classic WBC design.
They were invented by and named after William Broughton Carr in 1890, and are a double-walled hive with an external housing that splays out towards the bottom of each frame covering a standard box shape hive inside.
There was plenty of bee activity on the warm Spring afternoon
Here I am looking up at the 'big man' - Sir Steve is an inspiration for rowers and sports people
Family enjoying the afternoon sun in the park