The weather has been truly glorious, the day's and the nights hot. We were surprised late on Tuesday evening by a knock on the boat. It was Sue off No Problem. They now have a wide beam (No Problem XL) and are enjoying life on the Thames, ideal waters for them. After a chat, she walked back with the dogs. Cooler for them after a dip and evening stroll.
No Problem XL & Still Rocking
Sue is waving from Still Rocking & George from NP !
Sorry - it's not a great picture!
Look how blue the water is, we can only assume its the reflection
from the marquees
On Thursday morning we once again set off early. The day was already warm by 0800. The initial journey through the town bridge and onto the straight, showed the remnants of the Regatta, with hospitality marquees being dismantled from the gardens of some amazing properties. The river was now quiet though. This is partly because it is midweek, but also due to the time. The locals do not move before the lock keepers come on duty. Much too hard operating a lock oneself, even if that consists of pressing a button!
our lock buddies, racing away so they don't have to share
another with a steel boat!
We moved down river to Maidenhead and moored up at the extreme end of the extensive lock landing. This was because the moorings below the lock are next to the road and below a high bank. It was also more shaded and a little cooler and was for us. We wanted to be in easy reach of Windsor, our intended destination for the weekend.
Friday saw us up and off early, dropping down the large lock alone before the keeper was on duty. After Bray lock, we set the washing machine on and both showered, prior to arriving at Boveney lock, which has the full range of services. Once again, it was quiet traffic wise. A short hop and we were in Windsor. To our surprise, there were plenty of moorings free and so we were able to pick our spot. We managed to moor on the island on the off river side. This gives you both more privacy and some protection from the wash of passing traffic. As the island has only one foot bridge, gongoozlers are few as well. Ok, £8 a day,but worth it.
The Waterside Inn Bray
Wonder why there are no moorings?? ;-)
there is a jetty - assume the crew don't stay for dinner!
Dorney Lake (a bit quieter than when the Olympics were on)
So, we enjoyed the weekend in Windsor. Did the tourist thing and watched the changing of the guard, wandered around the town and the Eton side, then spent the evening sitting out and chatting to boaters, having a tipple or two of course. It remained super hot .
Antony Gormley Statue
Why don't our Health Centres look like this?
This did not however deter the boat traffic. The river remained like the M1, as it had been all weekend. A veritable procession of trip boats, hire boats and posers in flash cruisers, paraded up and down. This not only confirmed our decision to stay put for the weekend madness, but also our decision to tuck ourselves in the lee of the island. The wash from some, left boats moored directly on the river, bobbing about like corks!
I've not see a blue one before - its airmail!
Monday was forecast cloudy and cooler. Got that wrong. It was sunny all day and boiling. We made an early start and initially went back up river. This allowed us to complete a wash load, then fill up below the lock once again. After this, we turned and went back down river. It turned out to be a really pleasant hot day. We are taking our time and so moored for the day at Runnymede. If we thought her Maj was under Heathrow's flight path, the residents here are even closer. A plane takes off about every ninety seconds... So, what with them and the parakeet's, I think sleeping may be difficult!
If you are a plane spotter, get yourself a boat and moor it near Runnymede.
A big difference in boat traffic today as well. Very quiet and about 50% of those moving were narrow boats. The river cruisers having largely returned to their moorings until next weekend.
Got the priorities right - house being built his and hers boats moored up!
Not something we have spotted before a Grebe nest
One of many!
Locks 11 large (some self serve!!)