Friday, 6 December 2013

Cliveden Cruise

We went downstream for a couple of days, to avoid the forecasted storm, and luxuriate in some peace and quiet. Nobody else was moving, so we had the whole river to ourselves again. I know I've often said that before, but the complete and utter joy of bimbling along at tickover, without being bumrushed or hustled along will never grow old or tiresome.

The journey was a bit on the chilly side, but not yet cold enough to deploy the thermal undies. Hardly any flow on the river at all, which is remarkable for this time of year. Yesterday afternoon, the wind huffed & puffed spectacularly. but we were tied up safely, and our beech logs burnt really well. In a satisfyingly glowing hard wood fashion. We're hoping to get a few more days cruising in next week, before Sheena has to go and do christmas.

The recent high winds have blown all the leaves from the trees. Cookham lock was completely stuffed with them. They look pretty, but they clump around your propellor, making steering sluggish and difficult. Thankfully, a quick blip of reverse shifts them.


  1. Thames looks a dream and you are cruising your favourite spots.. Wish we were there!

  2. Hiya Sue. I'm very surprised charging hasn't been reintroduced down there, so I do try and make the most of it. There are still no signs at Cockmarsh (those unofficial ones vanished). Nobody's stopped there since you did. So there have been no hordes of dangerous folk on boats, you'll be glad to hear.