Tuesday 11 November 2008

Autumn Rowing

That depressing time of year when high tide is before dawn and after sundown as often as not is upon us, so I didn't get out on Sunday. It was wet and windy on the south coast in any event. But inland, the Henley Whalers rowed down the Thames - pictured here off picturesque Temple Island, the start of the Henley Regatta course. The Temple folly was built in 1771 as a fishing lodge for nearby Fawley Court - clearly angling was a different class of sport in those days.
At Hurley Lock they stopped to observe the Two Minutes Silence, then on to Temple Lock for beer and cake, followed by more beer at the Flowerpot on the way back. All the elements of a jolly good row, I say.


Topias said...

Dear Rowing for Pleasure enthusiasts,
I have created a facebook group "Traditional rowing". You are all welcome to join and contribute. Thanks.

Chris Partridge said...

Traditional Rowing looks interesting and I have joined up. The members seem to be mainly Finnish, but there are some wonderful traditional rowing boats in Finland that deserve wider recognition.