Swanning about on the Thames. The ownership of swans along the River Thames was commonly granted to landowners by the Crown until the C16th. Two livery companies of the City of London, the Vintners' and the Dyers' Company, still exercise such rights, with swans caught and marked annually in a 900-year-old ceremony known as 'Swan Upping'. Over five days in July, "swan uppers" belonging either to the Queen, the Vintners' or the Dyers' Company, row up the Thames in skiffs, marking the swans they find. By prerogative right, all unmarked swans remain the property of the Crown. However, these days the ceremony is more about taking a census and checking the health of the swans than matters of ownership. In 2012, severe flooding caused the ceremony between Sunbury-on-Thames and Windsor to be cancelled for the first time in its 900-year history.
One could argue that you should research your booking in advance before going to a new country. Well what's the fun in that? This cabin is located on the island of Hrísey in the north of Iceland. A beautiful island with a vast area protrcted as a bird sanctuary. Around Hrísey there are a lot of whale expeditions and the whales can be seen playing from the livingroom window. When we plotted in the address of Hrísey we didn't know that it was an island and if we had known that while making our reservation we probably would have made our booking and would have experienced this wonderful nature. #hrísey#iceland#nature#gettyimages#phaseone#proimaging