Friday, 27 June 2014

Summer Holiday

Bimbling about

Laleham Park!



Molesey Lock

WW2 Thorneycroft Shed


Where people live


Big Ass trip boat

The beast of Cliveden


'Adventure Trail' ~ Cliveden Woods

Beetling about

Big Ass Lock

Cheap Essential Scenery

The Joy of Abingdon

Clogs and Hankies

Grrrrrrrrrr Posse

Prefers 'Soulfly'

Chillin & Sniffin

It's been a busy month, but an enjoyable one. I've had a little break from blogging while Sheena was here, so that we could concentrate on moving the boat, and squeezing the most out of our time together. We made it down to Hampton Court, and back up to Abingdon, without any drama at all. We were a bit slow (1.75mph) on the return journey through the wider reaches, but nothing that stressed us (or the engine) unduly.

I'm currently shuffling about upstream, waiting for a haul out and hull inspection in Oxford on July 7th. River conditions are good, which makes things a bit easier. The sunshine is great, too. More pictures of the Border Morris dancers, when Cris sends me them. The Clog stomping and Hanky waving stuff doesn't really do it for me. I can see the tradition, and the history there, but it is all a bit too quaint and parochial for my own taste. The mixed border troupe though, with their blacked up faces, were something else. It was good to catch up with friends from Bourne End, and see them in action. Enjoyed this solstice a lot.

Graham, we saw "Truly Scrumptious" advertised in Towpath Telegraph. They were asking 19K for her.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Heading Downstream

At a rapid rate of knots!

The stream warnings are now almost gone, but the river is still quite lively.

Steve (SRB moorings) made us laugh at Henley (whilst he was relieving us of £8). He knew Sumo's name, and asked how "His number one fan on the river" was. He also said I was "a lovely chap, really". Which made us both chuckle. No hard feelings Steve. It's just that £8 is a little on the steep side, with no services on offer. Might not be a lot of money for a person with a £250,000 cruiser. But for us narrowboaters, it is.


My Good Self

Knackered after a Cliveden runaround

We're currently at Windsor. New signs have appeared, saying that they want £8 a night there too. Seems to be the standard price for much of the river. Bit sad about that, really. Though thankfully, we now know many bushes we can ram, and places to stay for free.

Too early to stop for the day, so we've grabbed supplies, and are off on our merry way again...