Hampton Court Palace

We needed to get Nikki and family back to their car by about 3 o’clock but we had plenty of time so a leisurely chug back via an abortive trip to Pryford marina (their pumpout machine was broken).

We went back up Shepperton lock to moor up temporarily back where we were on Friday evening. We all had lunch and then our visitors left for home. By now the Thames was awash with boats of all shapes and sizes and it was just over an hour and a half before we emerged the other side of Shepperton lock again.

A quick cruise down to Molesey lock to use the excellent Environment Agency pumpout machine, (maybe a bit sad that we get to rate pumpout machines!) then on to moor up for the night just outside Hampton Court Palace.

An old friend from university days, who lives in Teddington,  came to visit in the evening. We haven’t seen Pete & Karen for 20+ years, but it was like old times. A really great evening was spent nattering eating and drinking.

Earlier I called the Teddington lock keeper who said that we need to be there for the high tide at 15:00, so a lie in tomorrow !

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