Thursday, 27 January 2022

Your letters...

Just where is our MP? Sir, — I have been a resident of Henley for 37 years and have always voted for our Conservative MP. However, I have been dismayed by recent developments nationally and in the town and decided to contact him directly to express my views and solicit his support. My concerns range from the acute shortage of lateral flow test kits, when the Government is encouraging us to use ...

24/01/22

Strange season for flowers

The daffodil flower pictured here last week is still the only one out. But this primrose is out. It’s in the front garden of a house in The Ridgeway, Wargrave. The owner tells me the Loddon lilies have been and gone already. What a strange season. — Yours faithfully, Sharon Hewitt Wargrave

24/01/22

Delightful sight of early pollinator

Sir, — What a delight it is to see this pretty hellebore blooming unostentatiously in my front garden. A closer look at its intricate, mysterious interior reveals why this plant is such an important source of valuable nectar for early pollinators. The bright yellow of the winter jasmine, the flower that welcomes spring, provides a cheerful splash of colour on a chilly winter’s day. — Yours ...

24/01/22

Chilly start

Charlotte Narula, from Wargrave, took these photographs, saying one is of a January frost on the River Loddon and the other of a fisherman in the distance

24/01/22

Pink tinge

Terry Allsop, from Ewelme, took these pictures of the moon rising and a cloudscape, which he says looks a bit like a red kite

24/01/22

Expectant sheep

Pregnant sheep at Swyncombe photographed by Sharon Hewitt, from Wargrave

24/01/22

Sharp allotments

Sharp: the Greencroft allotments in Henley on a frosty morning pictured by Ron Emerson, of Remenham Lane

24/01/22

Winged wonder

Rosemary Ruane, of Henley Road, Caversham, took this picture of an actual red kite in flight while Hugh Archibald, of Greys Road, Henley, photographed this one apparently sunbathing at Hambleden weir. He says: “I have never seen a kite in this pose and wonder if it is copying the cormorants that often dry their wings like this in the same trees.”

24/01/22

Daffodil early to flower

On January 3, I took a short walk during a flurry of snow and saw the first flowering daffodil of the year in Wargrave. How weird is that? Happy new year. — Yours faithfully, Sharon Hewitt Wargrave

17/01/22

Your letters...

Poor reward for loyalty This is an open letter to the John Lewis Partnership/Waitrose. We must thank you for the ‘tis the season card and the little cuddly bear you so kindly sent to us. But this, added to the extensive television advertising coverage over Christmas and the campaign in the national newspapers, must have come to a considerable sum. We are trying to balance this massive expenditure ...

17/01/22

Wanton destruction is untenable

Sir, — I was horrified to see piles of oyster mushrooms pulled up by the roots and dumped on a log in Park Wood, Nuffield, on Saturday. I cannot for the life of me figure out why someone would do this. These mushrooms are an integral part of that wood and its ecosystem and were doing no harm to anyone. I could see if someone picked them to take home and eat, but this wanton destruction is ...

17/01/22

Fieldfare in tree at dawn

Caption: Linda Seward, from Cookley Green, took this picture of fieldfare in a tree at dawn

17/01/22

Winter green

Winter green: Victoria Page took this picture at Badgemore, Henley

17/01/22

In the right place at the right time

I took this photograph on Thursday morning last week while walking towards All Saints’ Church in Peppard from Sonning common. — Yours faithfully, Jean Watkins Grove Road, Sonning Common

17/01/22

Silhouette of stag

Silhouette: Lewis Every, of Swiss Farm, Henley, says: “When we were walking up from the cemetery to Lambridge Woods we saw this stag, so majestic in silence.”

17/01/22

Look this way

Look this way, girls: these sheep were photographed by Linda Seward, from Cookley Green

17/01/22

Alpacas in action

These alpacas at Riverways Farm in Wargrave were photographed by Sharon Hewitt, who lives in the village

17/01/22

Hidden Henley

THIS week’s item has been provided by reader Doug Balfour, of Fair Mile, Henley, who says: “I wonder if any of your knowledgeable readers could advise what the letters ‘HCIA’ shown in this photograph mean? “The cottage is located at 47 Gravel Hill and the adjoining cottage shows 1890, which I assume is the construction date.”

10/01/22

Your letters...

Reasons to light bridge Sir, — As a member of the Make Henley Shine group, I would like to point out (with respect) some facts that some readers are clearly unaware of. 1. Members of this group, who share the same goal of lighting Henley Bridge, are all unpaid volunteers and there is no commercial gain for any individual. The total cost includes doing the job professionally, which includes ...

10/01/22

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