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Monday, July 18, 2011

Swan Upping Day














Swan Upping begins in England today. The Crown owns all unmarked swans residing in English open waters, and during July and August a group of Swan Uppers, wearing uniforms and flying flags, row along the River Thames and count them. One year while lunching at The Ferry Inn, a riverside pub in Cookham, many of the boats pulled in for refreshments. You can read more about the tradition, which has continued since the 12th century, here.
















Download a children's brochure from the www.royal.gov.uk site.

16 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I'd think it would be impossible to count the swans since they'd be moving.

Clarissa Draper said...

What a difficult job. I would love to have it on my resume though.

Heather said...

What great pictures! I had no idea what that was. Thank you for introducing me to something new. :)

Dana Wright said...

Lovely! New follower! Thanks for stopping by Bookgirl's Music Musings. :)

Bonnie said...

Hi, this is news to me! Enjoying my visit through the blog hop. Be back soon.

~Bonnie

Joanne said...

swans are pretty but they can be very mean. I don't envy the counters. Cool post though- something different

Lynn Marie said...

I'm intrigued! How cool!! I've always dreamt of going to England, maybe I'll plan my trip around something like this!!

K9friend said...

That certainly is an interesting custom. I'm glad to know that conducting a swan census doesn't somehow lead to more taxes!

Pat

Gigi Ann said...

I was here and read this yesterday and found it most interesting. I was telling my husband about it, since we had never heard of it before. Thanks for sharing such an interesting article, and also thanks for visiting me today.

Dorte H said...

What an amazing custom. Don´t count your swans until they are hatched, eh? ;)

The Tote Trove said...

How very interesting. I learned something new today. What fab pictures, too :)

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Jan Morrison said...

How delightfully eccentric! I am constantly counting my chickens which is tricky enough and there are only 12!

Helen Ginger said...

What a job! Do they all travel the same route and then average their counts? Or do boats cover different areas?

Claire said...

Great post - I had no idea about Swan Upping Day, but think it is neat!

Tezzie said...

What a fun event! Great photos :)
Thanks for stopping by to leave such a kind comment!

Esssay said...

Great post and some really useful tips there. I love resource lists like this. Have social bookmarked it in the hope that others can also benefit.
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