Today the sun shone; it was warm; in fact, it was very warm - for the time of year that is! And I felt for all those of my readers who had to work today instead of being able to enjoy the weather - especially after the atrocious rain we had over the weekend.
I'd had various plans for today. Plan A - I was going to meet a friend I hadn't seen for a while. This was superseded by Plan B - which was to give a lift to my daughter to collect her errant car. Plan C - well as Plan B hadn't happened and therefore it was too late for Plan A, Plan C came into operation. Which was - a walk down by Old Father Thames at Hampton Court and a wander around Hampton Court Palace Gardens.
I started off at Molesey Lock. It was quite evident that the rain over the last few days, had swollen the river considerably. In some places it was well up over the river bank. There had been a "flood alert" over the weekend, which means that low lying ground was at risk. However, the Thames did not burst its banks and, hopefully, the water will have time to subside before any further water is added to it.
I took quite a few pictures today, so this post will be continued on another day.
Cormorant that swam into the lock.
From Molesey Lock looking upstream
Molesey Lock looking downstream
Hampton Court bridge
The "hoop" in the picture below is the top of a handrail and not normally below water!
This is the Mitre Hotel and normally you can sit outside; but today you'd need a wet suit and breathing apparatus. The posts are light posts!!
The "bush" by the post shouldn't be under water!
and neither should this grass
Behind me as I took these pictures are the grounds of Hampton Court Palace and the Palace itself.
To be continued.....
3 hours ago