It Was the Best of Times…

…it was the worst of times.

I’m diverting from my regular “Cheers” posts slightly today for a little reality check when traveling.

We are now in Henley on Thames after traveling for 2 hours this morning. We are staying overnight in the city instead of the country. Our hotel seemed idyllic on-line, situated on the river Thames. What they don’t show you is the one way 2 lane street below our window which seems everyone needs to use to get out of town, including buses. So I sit on my bed and look out and see rowers and quiet boaters go by along the river while listening to buses and diesel vehicles rumble down the street below our window.

road to Henly day11 155Don’t feel sorry for us because there is so much beauty to enjoy it overshadows the noise of the city. I’m thinking I’m more of a country mouse with a city near by kind of person as opposed to living in the middle of the city kind of person. The photo above  is the view out our window while I’m sitting on the bed.

P1050473When I stick my head out the window and look down this is the view of the two lane road that the trucks and diesels rumble along with the compressed air from the brakes being released. You know that loud swishy noise.

Time will tell if we are able to sleep tonight. No air conditioning so we have the window open. They have equipped the rooms with fans and maybe that will work like “white noise” for us tonight.

P1050469That’s our room above with the window open.  Now that you’ve seen the worst of it I will leave you with some of the best. Henley on Thames really is a lovely little city to visit. The town shops and restaurants are very nice. They just got done with a regatta this past weekend. We visited the rowing museum today and they have a wonderful area illustrating 3 dimensional scenes from “The Wind in the Willows”. I’ll have a post or two about all the good things this city has to offer.


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See, I’m a happy camper walking along the river Thames thinking about The Wind in the Willows. 

An aside…stop reading if you don’t care to hear about my love for soccer and skip down to the next paragraph. I’m also wearing my Seattle Sounders Major League Soccer shirt celebrating their win over the Portland Timbers last night with Clint Dempsey scoring a goal fresh from his return from being Captain of the U.S. World Cup Soccer team. I know most of you don’t really give a rip but I need to keep things historical for my memory bank to make it easier to remember the timing of my travels. Now back to some great Grahame quotes!

“All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered.”
― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

road to Henly day11 127 “Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that’s always changing!”

And yes, we are off to our last lodging spot tomorrow for two nights and then we will fly home on Thursday.

We are hoping the heat wave in the Seattle area will be mostly over by the time we arrive home on Thursday. Dear is already making plans to sleep in the cool basement if it’s still blazing hot! How’s the weather where you are?


About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

14 thoughts on “It Was the Best of Times…

  1. I guess the sunny skies there will make up for a noisy hotel room, Ellen! Hopefully traffic at night will be minimal and you will get sleep. We are back from our shore vacation and happy to be in the cooler temps and low humidity of Colorado!

  2. That’s like the cool house we rented outside Salida Colorado. I usually try and read reviews and some how missed the fact that it was called the HONK house for a reason. Thankfully it was set back off the highway a bit, but even though the original old man owner that all the locals honked a greeting to is long gone people still honk. LOL….it was a crazy first night until we figured out the AC correctly and then the windows got shut down at night. We are headed down, temp wise, into a summer, polar vortex. CRAZY cool weather coming for us. I think we will be living with the windows open for quite a few days which is UNHEARD of around here for summer. Hope your next place is quieter. Beautiful scenery at least.

  3. As I sit on the porch looking out at the sun shining over the water, I’m thinking it couldn’t be more perfect day. Hope you’ve enjoyed your travels.

  4. I certainly hope that you get a good night’s rest. I like the way you describe yourself. That sounds about right a country gal with a city nearby.

    That’s a charming quote…

  5. Blazing hot here Ellen. Oye.. it’s another warm day. I think we could probably sleep in that room. We always joke about our house being so close to the road and the constant truck traffic. If it is too quiet.. we can’t sleep.

    The view you have is fantastic. Thanks for sharing again.

  6. The thing about traffic noise is that one can get used to it…but not in a night or two! Hope that your white noise does the trick!

    I love The Wind in the Willows! I hope to see a peek of those scenes.

  7. It’s very cool here today and will stay this way for a few days and then back to hot. Enjoy your last few days. Lovely and beautiful no matter the sleep conditions.

  8. Hi Ellen. It’s cooler here than Seattle today, and we even got a spritzing of rain this afternoon. Very unusual for us. Love your window view. I think I recall there is a big boating event in Henley Upon Thames sometime during the year. I think it must be in the wee hours of the morning there now and I can only hope you are sleeping soundly despite the traffic below the window.

  9. The Thames looks lovely…..the noise not so. I imagined you hanging out that window. Smiling at the Wind in the Willows….and you are certainly a cheerleader for your team:)

  10. I’m really glad you were able to look at the bright side of it all. That would have been quite annoying to have all that noise as I, like you, am more of a “country mouse with a city nearby” person, too!

    These photos are lovely, and you had a TERRIFIC view from the bed!

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