This season's must-have fashion
accessory in upmarket Henley-on-Thames is a pair of wellington
boots. Everyone's wearing them as they stroll along the banks
of the Thames between the squabbling geese, dozing ducks and
wading birds which don't seem particularly upset at the sudden
expansion of their habitat.
Notable unfashionable non-members
of the wellington boot purchasing brigade include the Official
Photographer, who had to wade backwards and forwards through
the small flood above in a pair of ordinary ankle boots while
lining up the best shot (and at one point dropped the map of
the area in the water), and a young couple coming in the opposite
direction in trainers (with the result that He had to carry Her
through the floods; the Official Photographer was in a generous
mood and didn't take their picture).
Henley is a rather attractive
place as a general rule, with its bridge and its islands in the
river and its lines of moored boats and of course its Regatta.
However, recent weather has been inclined to highlight that several
houses in the area are parked neatly about three feet above the
ground on sturdy brick foundations, often with arches underneath.