7 February 2011

Henley on Thames

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on sunday, we woke up at the crack of dawn, to go car booting {about which, I will do another post after this one!} and after we had emptied our pockets and filled our boot...we went adventuring with the hired car...into the countryside.

Our aim was to go to Henley-on-Thames, however, after a slight navigational malfunction {i blame ipad} we circumnavigated Oxfordshire. After a few hours, when came full circle, we ended up at our destination.

On the way, we found this beautiful woodlands carpeted in Beech leaves.

just down the road from here is actual Henley-on-Thames

we saw lots of tiny houses, but not many tiny people.

and some bigger houses.

and, in case you didn't know, Henley is famous as the home of the Henley Royal {Rowing} Regatta, which is all very laadidaa and involves consuming lots of Pimms and cucumber sandwiches, and wattling on about olympic medals and such.

and its also the home to some very well fed water foul that hang around the riverside pub.

and a boat from Mississippi {apparently}

but we couldn't miss the unmistakable smell of junk, and were thus led here...

a tiny wonky Tudor building, crammed to the rafters with glorious junk!
Alas, we did not buy anything here though., but was almost in tears to leave behind that tricycle...it was made for me, but Nao pulled me away just as i was about to test drive...sniff sniff...

after all that adventure, we couldn't possibly feed ourselves...so we arrived at the pub {a new discovery in Forest Hill} and had roast dinner {I had the veggie option of course} and it was deeeelicious.

On a completely different note... a massive thank you and a hello to all the people that joined up with me on facebook! Such lovely messages from you guys, i nearly blubbed! I will defiantly use it more often now. X

23 comments:

  1. Your adventures always look like so much fun! P.S. Pimms and cucumber sandwiches and regattas? All in one place? That sounds delightful!

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  2. what a fabulous way to spend a weekend! i wish i lived somewhere as fun to explore!

    xo
    sami

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  3. what a fabulous way to spend a weekend! i wish i lived somewhere as fun to explore!

    xo
    sami

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  4. That looks like a truly lovely Sunday!

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  5. I simply loved this post! Many moons ago I actually rowed in a regatta here and consumed copious amounts of delicious Pimms afterwards. As an American studying in England it just all seemed SO British (and laadidaa) to me. But I didn't get a chance to see much else of the town of Henley or take any photos, so I loved seeing yours.

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  6. This is exactly how I picture the little English towns to look. Gorgeous.

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  7. My brother-in-law lives there, something so very lovely about a river running through a place.

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  8. Welcome to my neck of the woods, I work at the hospital in this town! Next time you are out and about, treat yourself to lunch at the Crooked Billet in nearby Stoke Row. Delicious.

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  9. OH! You were in my home town and I didn't see you!

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  10. i love these photos. great great great.

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  11. Those photos of the forest are just fantastical! I love them so much!!!
    Looks like you guys had a VERY fun day out together.

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  12. Ah I live near Henley too. In fact I have been in that very junk shop you photographed. Outrageously over priced I am sure you will agree, but delightful none-the-less!

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  13. I like the boat called Little Dorrit, that's really sweet. :D

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  14. How do you do it? I went to Henley the other month and I couldn't get photos as nice as yours. Its a lovely place and thats a lovely tricycle.

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  15. Anonymous8.2.11

    That's funny, I was in Henley yesterday and saw (and coveted) that very same tricycle! I could imagine myself tearing through the streets of Oxfordshire on it! Take care, Natalie

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  16. Ooo, have only ever been to Henley in the summer (to aforementioned Regatta - I used to row at uni and got invited along once, was fun, but yes a bit ladidaa!) but these wintery photos of it look just as lovely somehow.

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  17. Oh no, that tricycle was made for you Ms A!

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  18. magic magic magic!

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  19. Did you find The Dartmouth Arms?

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  20. Such wonderful photos! x

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  21. I have yet to see any junk or junque

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