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A Boat Trip on the River, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire - 14th September 2019

We're in Stratford on/upon Avon again for Grandad's annual reunion of the 69th Entry to the RAF (1952) - possibly for the last time ever that there will be a full group meeting. We arrive on the Friday night, and then there's a boat trip planned for the group - plus hangers on - on the following day, although the G-Unit's recollections about the details are somewhat vague. After the short-ish boat trip, we wander down the road to see Shakespeare's grave, however there's a wedding on so we can only wander around outside the church. It doesn't matter too much, as the weather is spot on. Before all of that, there's a bit of London randomness, a BSCC ride to Star Wing Brewery, and a stunt plane is throwing itself around the skies above the Oaksmere

next album: Neil and Martina's Wedding, The Three Tuns, Bransgore, Dorset - 20th September 2019
previous album: The 69th Entry RAF Reunion Dinner, Stratford Manor Hotel, Warwickshire - 14th September 2019

2019 A strange blue ball has appeared in the Sheldon Square Pit in Paddington, London

A strange blue ball has appeared in the Sheldon Square Pit in Paddington, London

2019 A close-up of the mystery blue ball

A close-up of the mystery blue ball

2019 Ken wanders across Praed Street after a trip to Peking-Seoul in Paddington

Ken wanders across Praed Street after a trip to Peking-Seoul in Paddington

2019 A building on Praed Street has foliage growing out of it

A building on Praed Street has foliage growing out of it

2019 Vlad with his Peking-Seoul lunch

Vlad with his Peking-Seoul lunch

2019 The stunt plane flies around the skies of Suffolk

The stunt plane flies around the skies of Suffolk

2019 More biplane stunt action with smoke trail

More biplane stunt action with smoke trail

2019 BT OpenReach has performed a stellar repair job on the fibre cabinet at the end of the road

BT OpenReach has performed a stellar repair job on the fibre cabinet at the end of the road

2019 Phil, Paul and Suey outside Star Wing

Phil, Paul and Suey outside Star Wing

2019 Gaz gives it the hairy eyeball in the Star Wing taproom

Gaz gives it the hairy eyeball in the Star Wing taproom

2019 The gang wanders into the shop at Kettering Services on the A14

The gang wanders into the shop at Kettering Services on the A14

2019 Grandad roams around

Grandad roams around

2019 Fred carries his Lego box through reception

Fred carries his Lego box through reception

2019 Isobel, a slurping Harry, and the G-Unit

Isobel, a slurping Harry, and the G-Unit

2019 In the hotel bar

In the hotel bar

2019 An obligatory 'maze of identical corridors' photo as we go to breakfast

An obligatory 'maze of identical corridors' photo as we go to breakfast

2019 Harry and Fred in the hotel

Harry and Fred in the hotel

2019 At breakfast, on of the G-Unit's RAF colleagues comes over

At breakfast, on of the G-Unit's RAF colleagues comes over

2019 The boys play Lego on the hotel's water-feature thing

The boys play Lego on the hotel's water-feature thing

2019 We wait to cross the road by a very vivid flower bed

We wait to cross the road by a very vivid flower bed

2019 More flowers, and the remains of a defunct BHS shop

More flowers, and the remains of a defunct BHS shop

2019 Businesses in Stratford are not shy about playing on the Shakespeare thing

Businesses in Stratford are not shy about playing on the Shakespeare thing

2019 Harry and Fred face off with a couple of swans

Harry and Fred face off with a couple of swans

2019 It's all Fountain of Salmacis by a statue of Hermaphroditus

It's all Fountain of Salmacis by a statue of Hermaphroditus

2019 Grandad meets another RAF buddy

Grandad meets another RAF buddy

2019 There's a kerfuffle as Grandad's name isn't on the list

There's a kerfuffle as Grandad's name isn't on the list

2019 A longboat pootles about

A longboat pootles about

2019 On the boat

On the boat

2019 There's green gunge stuck to the side of the canal lock

There's green gunge stuck to the side of the canal lock

2019 There's a stray leg dangling down from the roof of the boat

There's a stray leg dangling down from the roof of the boat

2019 Crowds and swans watch the departing boat, as the lock gates are closed

Crowds and swans watch the departing boat, as the lock gates are closed

2019 Another pleasure boat has a flotilla of attendant swans

Another pleasure boat has a flotilla of attendant swans

2019 This swan is doing something weird with its beak and tongue

This swan is doing something weird with its beak and tongue

2019 The rebuilt RSC theatre, as reputedly slagged off (architecturally) by Edward Elgar

The rebuilt RSC theatre, as reputedly slagged off (architecturally) by Edward Elgar

2019 There are lots of rowers on the river

There are lots of rowers on the river

2019 Someone contemplates the River Avon (or River River)

Someone contemplates the River Avon (or River River)

2019 Rowing boats bob about on the Avon

Rowing boats bob about on the Avon

2019 Holy Trinity Church from the river

Holy Trinity Church from the river

2019 The heavily-reinforced Colin P Witter canal lock

The heavily-reinforced Colin P Witter canal lock

2019 These swans have attitude

These swans have attitude

2019 There's a massive swan frenzy when a small child starts flinging bird food in the river

There's a massive swan frenzy when a small child starts flinging bird food in the river

2019 Former industrial buildings on Canal Basin

Former industrial buildings on Canal Basin

2019 What looks like floating foam is actually thousands of feathers on the water

What looks like floating foam is actually thousands of feathers on the water

2019 A strangely-crowned K6 phone box on Waterside

A strangely-crowned K6 phone box on Waterside

2019 Nice buildings on the corner of Sheep Street and Waterside

Nice buildings on the corner of Sheep Street and Waterside

2019 Fred walks past the 'Dirty Duck' pub

Fred walks past the 'Dirty Duck' pub

2019 Harry looks for something

Harry looks for something

2019 One of the unique streetlamps on Waterside

One of the unique streetlamps on Waterside

2019 Fred takes a photo of a streetlight on Southern Lane

Fred takes a photo of a streetlight on Southern Lane

2019 Another view of Holy Trinity Church

Another view of Holy Trinity Church

2019 Stained glass windows, from the wrong side really

Stained glass windows, from the wrong side really

2019 Harry pokes at some old carved graffiti in the church wall

Harry pokes at some old carved graffiti in the church wall

2019 A nice tree

A nice tree

2019 Some photos of Shakespeare plays are stuck on a building

Some photos of Shakespeare plays are stuck on a building

2019 Fred wanders around near The Other Place and the 'tin shed'

Fred wanders around near The Other Place and the 'tin shed'

2019 Fred does another photo of street furniture

Fred does another photo of street furniture

2019 Many of the houses on Waterside have amusing Shakespeare door knockers

Many of the houses on Waterside have amusing Shakespeare door knockers

2019 Grandad has a coffee

Grandad has a coffee

2019 Our boat from earlier in the day - Jennifer May - does another trip

Our boat from earlier in the day - Jennifer May - does another trip

2019 Fred looks at another Origami book in The Works

Fred looks at another Origami book in The Works

2019 Harry underneath a big inflatable shark

Harry underneath a big inflatable shark

2019 A couple of quite good singers do some busking

A couple of quite good singers do some busking

2019 A dude on stilts waves at passing traffic

A dude on stilts waves at passing traffic

2019 Grandad in the car park

Grandad in the car park

2019 A blur of action

A blur of action

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A strange blue ball has appeared in the Sheldon Square Pit in Paddington, London

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