After seven days of doing the touristy thing in London we were back on the move today. In convoy with Uncle Mort we set off at 7:00 back along the Paddington Arm to Bull’s Bridge junction, then north on the GU. We both managed to pick up a collection of carrier bags, plastic, string etc
No, you needn’t get excited, we didn’t do the tidal stretch out from Limehouse basin. I wouldn’t want to today with the high wind whipping up the waves. We took the tube and DLR to Limehouse, wandered about a bit then, by chance, a dutch barge was going out onto the tideway so we watched
Yesterday started with a bus ride (No. 205 ) to Kings Cross to visit tne London Canal Museum (http://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/visit/index.html). A very pleasant morning was spent there. We walked back via Camden Market, where we had a good browse around and lunch. Then a walk back to Rembrandt Gardens. Today we took the bikes and cycled
We went to Kew Gardens today, not by boat but by a combination of tube and bus. Andrew was in charge of travel arrangements. Getting there was simple enough – District line, change at Earl’s Court. Except that whilst we were on tne train they changed it’s destination. So we actually changed at Turnham Green.
Andrew had been contacted by waterways author Steve Haywood who lives in Greenwich. He suggested that we all go over there and he would ‘show us around’. There was an exhibition on in the Maritime Museum that Sheila wanted to see so we all set off. The first part of the journey was the tube
An early morning start, we were away by 6:05. The bookable moorings at Rembrandt Gardens are available from 1:00pm. So the early start was to get us there by early afternoon. We came down the lower Lee fairly quickly. The last two locks are hydraulic and electrically operated, so we didnt have to do any
We had a stowaway today. We had been going for about 30 mins when I noticed a little mouse running around on the roof. He must have climbed up the foliage alongside yesterday and climbed aboard. He started running back and forth trying to find a way off. We were trying to think of ways
We haven’t moved today. The plan was to move down to The Hertford Union canal tomorrow, but we have changed our minds and will now go to Stonebridge lock instead and then go from there to Rembrant Gardens in one go. A very late start for us, we hadn’t finished breakfast until 9:30. Then we
A new experience for us today. We’ve been to Essex. We are moored up just above Waltham Town lock. We are a little ahead of our schedule to get to Rembrant Gardens for the 9th. So we only did a short trip this morning, stopped for lunch then decided to stay here for a couple
Coots, lots of them. Both the River Lee and the Stort are well supplied with coots. In places there are nests every hundred yards or so. At this time of the year most of them have young cootlets. Both of the parents help in feeding the youngsters The locks on the Stort are 13ft wide.