23 Aug 2014

Summer days



A boat waits to go into Goring-on-Thames Lock.


When we were down in Berkshire in July we met up with my husband's sister and her husband (over from Italy) and took them to Streatley and Goring-on-Thames before having lunch with our grandson no 3 as he had the afternoon off from work.  This area was another favourite one where I would go with my parents and spend some time watching the boats go through Goring Lock. DH and I would take our own children for a walk up Streatley Hill overlooking the river and have a picnic.  It's also the route we would often take to Oxford and it's a pleasant one where the road north of Reading follows the wooded hills by the river.

Goring and Streatley Bridge.  Down river is Pangbourne and Reading.

Goring-on-Thames village in on the Oxfordshire bank of the Thames and the village of Streatley is on the Berkshire side of the river. (Streatley Hill lies just beyond the woods in the above photo).

One of the quiet back waters in Goring

The old Goring Mill


From Goring we retraced our steps across the bridge and went back to Pangbourne village for lunch. Last time we were there it was just before we had flooding in some of the villages by the Thames.  July's weather was very different from the continuous rain that was experienced earlier in the year.


Pangbourne means 'Paega's People's Stream' and was home to a Saxon chief and his followers.
The sign also shows a pictorial reference to 'The Wind in the Willows' as the author, Kenneth Grahame, lived in the village.


Lunch in the garden of The Elephant Hotel......

....followed by a stroll and a sit down by the river.




It was good that we could all meet up for a relaxing day by the river. (Our  trainee chef grandson 3 had to get back to work later in the afternoon).  My sister-in-law and her husband were pleased to be back in Berkshire with their family, of course, and this time we all enjoyed seeing their daughter get married. Now she and her husband are back in Italy and two of their children and partners and some of their grandchildren are also there for the rest of the Summer holidays.

The happy couple's wedding cake

Here are some other 'Summer days' in our household........most of the time we've been staying home and going out for a morning or afternoon. This weekend we have some more family gatherings before our local daughter moves to a new house.


We passed by Stonehenge on our way back from our grandson no 2's garden party in Wiltshire.



We also celebrated my husband's birthday with a bar-b-q in the garden, Pavlova and Prosecco wine and on another day we went to a local Italian restaurant with the family as part of the celebrations.


23 comments:

  1. It looks like you had a wonderful time in Berkshire, it looks so pretty there by the river. Hope your daughter's house move goes well and enjoy your family get togethers this weekend.

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    1. Thank you. Jo. I forgot to mention that our grand daughter got an A* for the GCSE taken a year early and which goes with the Spanish she took last year. Next year is the big study year when she takes the rest of her GCSEs so it's good that she can get settled in a new home at the beginning of the new school year along with her brother who goes up to secondary school.

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  2. A lovely post Linda. So much going on. Happy Birthday to your husband. I am happy you included that lovely photo of the two of you. The wedding cake was also lovely. Loved the pretty English countryside and life on the river. Wonderful photos!

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    1. Thank you Denise. It's been a good Summer with the family with some lovely food. Now I'm trying to eat more fresh fruit and salads after all the creamy desserts of late!

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  3. I've sat by Goring Lock many, many times watching the boats go through. It's a lovely part of the world. Have a good weekend.

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    1. That stretch of the River Thames and the surrounding countryside is beautiful. Have a good weekend, Jessica!

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  4. Happy belated birthday to you husband. I love the house on the water with that wonderful roof. i also like those long thin boats... so much beauty to enjoy

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    1. Thank you Sandra. The house with the thatched roof and boat house is beautiful.

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  5. I noticed your comment above about your granddaughter's exams and wanted to say congratulations! I recognised the bridge immediately and knew where you had been Linda! It looks and sounds as though you had a wonderful day. It is lovely walking along the river and you can imagine how it would have inspired Kenneth Graeme can't you. I wonder if Basildon Park is Toad Hall! I never thought of that before. Glad that you have had some wonderful days. Happy Birthday to your husband as well!!! xx

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  6. Berkshire is a county I am unfamiliar with so it was interesting to see your photos. Have a lovely weekend, Linda:)

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  7. You must have had a lovely time in Berkshire. I love the views over the water, lunch in a hotel garden, Stonehenge. It is all so real England, our favourite country for holidays. A bit late but congratulations with your husband's birthday, the pavlova looks delicious.

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  8. A lovely photo of Stonehenge - in fact all of your photos encompass the beautiful summer that we have all enjoyed. This year I have really enjoyed the wonderful blue skies dotted with fluffy white clouds.
    Belated Happy Birthday to your husband.

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  9. Dear Linda,

    Looks like you are enjoying your lovely summer days. Berkshire looks like a wonderful place to visit and also liked seeing the one of Stonehenge.
    Happy belated birthday wishes to your husband - great to see your photos and thanks for showing us.
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  10. Thank you everyone for all your kind comments. Linda :)

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  11. quel beau billet
    JOYEUX ANNIVERSAIRE à votre mari
    je connais bien l'histoire " du vent dans les saules " un si charmant conte pour les enfants

    pas facile de passer les écluses avec les bateaux cela prend des fois beaucoup d'attente
    merci de se partage de votre vie
    tendresse
    edith (iris) France

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  12. It sounds like you have been having a wonderful summer with lots of wonderful outings. Some great pics here, the boats always make me miss mine! I love those swans, and that wedding cake is very unusual. Happy birthday to your hubs and how lovely to see your smiling faces.xxx

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  13. There is always so much of interest in the photos you share. The wedding must have been lovely and belated wishes to your husband for his birthday.

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  14. What a wonderful adventure.
    How I would love traveling in a canal boat through this
    countryside.

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  15. Weddings, Birthdays, and just having time with family have made for an amazing month for you and your family. Berkshire looks like a great place to meet and enjoy.... AND---lunch at Pangbourne Village must have been the perfect place to go. Thanks for sharing so many great photos, Linda.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  16. Oh my...such beautiful scenery and lovely homes! What a treat to see them. It looks like you had a wonderful visit with family.Thanks for sharing ~

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  17. The boats and waterways are beautiful and charming. Happy birthday to your spouse!xoxo

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  18. What a lovely, picturesque area - how nice that you got to spend time there with family. Happy birthday to Mr. P!

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  19. Lovely photos of idyllic summer days in an idyllic area., Linda. As you say, it couldn't have been m ore different from those dradful months last winter. I'm sure you had a wonderful time with wedding and birthday celebrations.

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