Many of the locks have indictor marks to show how high the river has got when it has flooded in previous years. The Portage is for the canoeist to carry their canoes around the lock . Although if i had a canoe i think i would by-pass the lock and go straight down over the weir. I know my mate Harry would in his.
A pair of crested Grebe’s .They have an elaborate courtship display in which they rise out of the water and shake their heads. We have seen more in the last couple of days than we have seen in 2 years.
After another long day we eventually get to Reading. The approach is totally different to what i expected with million pound houses as far as the eye could see on the left hand side. Keith called in for diesel at Caversham boat services and was surprised and happy to find that it was only 85 pence a litre and self declaration. We both expected it to be a lot more than that on the river Thames.
We wanted to do a Tesco shop at Reading as the store was right next to the river and there were some good moorings to stop on. It was mainly a wine run for me , but Carolyn did get a few bits and pieces. After another 6 hours of travel we decided to spend the night here on the moorings and then head off around the corner in the morning and onto the Kennet and Avon canal