On the Thames…..


Henley on Thames

This image takes me back a few years to when we were putting a new boat through its paces.  It was a very smart Dutch Barge called Lagom, luxuriously fitted out inside and handled like a dream.

It wasn’t the best of days for a photoshoot , the Thames here at Henley was running high and fast and the skies overcast.  Luckily we did get the odd break through of sunshine…… but not a bad day for March.  In a few weeks time those empty moorings would be packed tight with boats.   At least we managed to get some good result, so one very satisfied Editor (who was also having lots of fun playing Skipper for the day).

19th March

(C) David Oakes 2019





June 3rd and according to the Meteorological Office it is now Officially Summer……so after several weeks of blue skies and sunshine with record temperatures we awake to-day, a very special day, to rain.

Yes, its is Diamond Jubilee Day for Queen Elizabeth II and a Grand River Pageant is planned for the River Thames in central London as part of the festivities. Months of planning to get everything just right and the one factor we have no control over decides not to cooperate.

For hundreds of thousands of spectators it was a stoic day in a very wet London ……but by all accounts it didn’t dampen their spirits.

For us in the Midlands it was the T.V. that would be the best vantage point and certainly the driest……and what a great vantage point it was for a great Jubilee day.




Despite the rain that just seemed to get heavier and the wind chill along the river. On the open deck of the  Royal Barge the Queen was equally as stoic and stood waving thanks and encouragement to all.

‘God Bless Our Queen’

3rd June