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Hi, Welcome to my Blog. I'm an eclectic kind of crafter delving into many pots. I am just about managing to keep up my Scrapbooking Diary (usually about 6 months behind), plus any cards as required. I have a new found love of Watercolour and Bible Journaling plus recently Faith/Art Journaling too. I've challenged myself to make an art journal page a day for this my 60th year. Previously I've also dabbled in ATCs, Tags, Altered Books, Mixed Media, Décopatch, Knitting, Crochet, and Embroidery amongst other things. I live in Surrey, UK with my husband, our son has left home now. For exercise I usually play Badminton and go Ballroom and Latin Dancing. I also like walking/Geocaching and sometimes do a bit of Bouncing on my Rebounder (mini trampoline). I have been learning to play the harp for the past 10yrs. I am now officially retired. I am a born again Christian, currently worshiping at my local Vineyard Church.

Monday 15 July 2013

Swan Upping

Day one of the week long Annual event of Swan Upping started today on the River Thames. We popped along to see the skiffs go through Shepperton Lock.

There were quite a few people lining the banks to watch and cameras filming the event too.

The swans all belong to either the Dyers, the Vintners or our Queen.

I did my Alpha challenge for the letter "U" for this special event. Upping is where all the cygnets are marked according to their heritage.                                   I just realised that as the swans are all protected, the River Thames is a kind of Nature Reserve for them so I am entering this picture for the Scavenger Hunt #11 An animal in a zoo, aquarium, or nature reserve.


Anne said...

Hi BJ I was in Windsor on Friday and couldn't get over how many swans there were!!!
Like your photographs. Anne x

Dawn said...

Awe BJ, fab photos sweetie, thank-you for sharing them. I love this tradition, so good to see it irl so to speak.
Huge hugs x x x x

Karen said...

Wow, I didn't realise it would be so much of a pageant. I just thought it would involve men in t-shirts etc. What a wonderful thing to watch BJ. Now I wish I was closer to be able to see this! Thank you so much for putting pictures up. Loving your owl below by the way :D xxx

Anonymous said...

Love all those boats in the lock, it looks like complete mayhem, what an awesome photo opportunity - bet you are glad you had a camera with you!

~*~Patty S said...

OH be still my ♥
I am a swan fancier and what a fabulous event this must have been!