By Margaret Owen
Sixty-two of us boarded the Queen of the Thames for a very pleasant lunchtime cruise up river from Runnymede to Windsor and back.
The weather was kind to us, with sunshine brightening views of peaceful countryside and willow lined river banks. The more observant of us will have spotted water birds such as heron and grebe, in addition to the more common geese and ducks.
As we approached Datchet and Windsor the country views gave way to the sight of riverside homes, their gardens sweeping down to the Thames. It was interesting to see the variety of styles and types of flood defence. Some properties could have been from “Grand Designs”, others were more traditional. The crew gave a very entertaining commentary to accompany this part of our trip .
As we approached a bridge the canvas roof had to be lowered to allow us to pass safely under which caused much hilarity.
We saw Windsor Castle and Eton College over the fields, before going through a lock and turning around for our return journey over a ploughman’s lunch.
Huge thanks go to Dorothy Salathiel for organising a very enjoyable outing and for her attention to detail which made sure everything went according to plan.