Limehouse and Tower Bridge

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

Above Clitheroe’s lock

To borrow a footballing saying, today was very much a day of two halves. This morning was spent in the quiet, serene, cultural environs of Hampton Court Palace. The whole experience is very well done and we thoroughly enjoyed it.   Over the last day or so I had noticed that the bilge pump didnt

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.

Wareham’s Bridge

We were expecting daughter Nikki, son in law Paul and their children to arrive at about 10:30. They called to say the M5 traffic was bad and they would be delayed, but in fact their alternative route was almost as quick and they were soon with us. The plan was to leave their car in

Above Shepperton lock

22 miles and 9 locks It had been raining almost all night but stopped at around 8:00. We set off at 8:15. For most of the day it was cloudy and cold, but after we had moored up for the evening the sun came out and it was really warm. We met more boats tooday

Cookham

The day started off cold and wet and not at all promising.We stopped at Shiplake lock to top up with water, and then carried on through Marsh lock and down the Henley Regatta course which was being set up for next week. We didn’t meet a lock keeper until Hambledon lock which we shared with

Sonning

This is the new C&RT logo launched today:   Chosen, aparently, because  they are “repositioning the charity for wellbeing”. What utter gibberish. C&RT have completely lost sight of the fact that their primary role is that of a navigation authority, not a health promoter.   We got up early and spent another hour or so

Abingdon

We set off about 8:15, there were no lockies on duty until we got to Osney where  we handed over £64.40 for a week’s Thames licence. On the narrow twisty section between Kings and Godstow locks we unfortunately got caught by the current and ended up in the bushes. This has left some scratches down

Above King’s Lock

Another early start, we had showered and breakfasted and away by 7:30 under a cloudless sky. It has been very quiet boatwise. We passed four in the morning and then none again all day. It has been very hot, even the cows were standing in the canal to cool off.   Unusually there was some

Kidlington Green lock

26 miles 13 locks A long day today, 10 hours. We started at 7:15 and didn’t stop until 17:25. We even had lunch on the move. It’s been hotter today than the last few days, particularly this afternoon. We were delayed for quite a while at Abingdon. We wanted a pumpout, but the boats in