More daft things on the Thames - who knows what 'Swan Upping' is? Even the park bloke knocking in the signs and asking us to move didn't know. So I looked it up:
In the Swan Upping ceremony, The Queen's Swan Marker, the Royal Swan Uppers and the Swan Uppers of the Vintners' and Dyers' livery companies use six traditional Thames rowing skiffs in their five-day journey up-river.
The Queen's Swan Uppers wear traditional scarlet uniforms and each boat flies appropriate flags and pennants.
When a brood of cygnets is sighted, a cry of "All up!" is given to signal that the boats should get into position. On passing Windsor Castle, the rowers stand to attention in their boat with oars raised and salute "Her Majesty The Queen, Seigneur of the Swans".
So now you know!!
Another weird sight - how do you post the letter and how does the Postman get to collect it????
A little panorama of Henley, the black boat moved in the afternoon and we
nicked his spot under a tree.
I have to say the locks are spectacliar, I think the lock keepers are more gardeners than anything else. This is Sonning Lock - so for a certain Expat - you know where we have just been.