Sunday, 17 October 2010


It was a cold grey blustery day, but we wanted to see what Windsor was like, before the current starts up again, and the locks get closed for their Winter maintainence. It took us four pleasant, but uneventful hours to cruise 'dogma' down the river. Stopped for lunch by the racecourse, and negotiated the last couple of twisty bends into town, without getting rained on.

Windsor castle from the RiverTourist BoatWhen we got there, there were hordes of swans, tourists, and trip boats. Not the sort of place we'd have a peaceful night at, so we turned around just past the Windsor/Eton footbridge, and moored up by the leisure centre. Where we found a big bag of smokeless coal, abandoned underneath a tree. Bonus.

Vespas Rule!Enjoyed a nice stroll around Windsor and Eton, but felt out of place with my scruffy clothes, Sumo, and wooly hat. The town centre was like everywhere else in the UK, except that it had a massive castle stuck in the middle of it. There were plenty of bourgeois 'bistro' type eating establishments all around, but nowhere evident that sold vegetables or "foodstuffs". No butchers, bakers, or greengrocers. We found it a bit pedestrianised, sterile, and dull. It boasted all the big brand shops you can find everywhere else in the UK, but it had no character left. We could have been anywhere at all. Thankfully, Eton (just across the bridge) with it's red brick buildings, art galleries, and expensive gents outfitters, at least, felt a bit more 'historic'.

Boveney LockBoveney Lock Boveney lock was very picturesque, and the lock keeper was very friendly and helpful. But it's going to be closed from 1st to 27th of November, so it's unlikely we'll be coming down this far again.

Our mooring spot was very quiet and peaceful, despite the railway bridge being so close. There was a cat on the Dutch barge behind us, but thankfully Sumo didn't see it.

It was very cold in the morning, but the engine started up OK, and we enjoyed a lovely sunny cruise back to the jetty at Bourne End. Didn't ram into anything, or crash into any bridges. And we negotiated all the locks without embarrassing ourselves. So all-in-all, another successful voyage. Curiousity satisfied.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Wood Fungus

Cliveden Woods were full of fungi.

Never thought we'd find fungus spotting quite so interesting.

Orchid Anniversary

Today was our 28th wedding anniversary. We enjoyed it out on the river, which we had all to ourselves again. Sheena operated Cookham lock, while I steered the boat through the fiddly bits. There still isn't any current, so it was a great pleasure to just pootle along at low revs, and not worry about getting swept away downstream. Made it back through the eerie early evening mist, and tied ourselves up just as night was falling.

Setting offapproaching Cookham Locksteering into Cookham Locknight falling

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Spinnaker Posse

Thankfully, the rain's gone, but it's still very windy. Which is causing us to bob about like a cross channel ferry. The local sailing club were out in full force, and seemed to be enjoying their racing.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Field Fungus

It's rained very heavily over the last couple of days, and the cow fields by the river have sprouted many different types of mushrooms and fungi.

Roger's Mushrooms
Edible and Poisonous Fungi
Visual Fungi