Sunday, 30 December 2012

Paddling in the flood

Welcome to the waterpark! Antediluvian pastimes are over. In the era of the flood, there is a new attraction in Henley-on-Thames. Throw on a pair of wellingtons and come on in. The water's lovely! This year is the wettest on record for England since records began in 1910. No wonder we are obsessed with the weather.



The river Thames bursts its banks
The River Thames has burst its banks and is twice as wide in places
Credit: William Lam


The Angel on the Bridge, Henley-on-Thames
Anyone fancy a pint? Of river water?
Credit: William Lam


Henley Bridge
The famous arches of Henley Bridge are half submerged
Credit: William Lam

The bandstand at Henley-on-Thames
Henley's Ark - the bandstand in the park has become an island
Credit: William Lam

Benches in the river Thames
Sitting ducks
Credit: William Lam

The carpark at the River and Rowing Museum
Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent marooned with only a paddle
Credit: William Lam

Man and boy in flooded river
Knee-high boots are recommended 






Emma Clark Lam is the author of A Sister for Margot