Sunday, 23 October 2016

Meeting up again

A late start yesterday morning, shopping to do in Windsor and then the water tank to fill before we set off on another very short cruise
 The yellow duck trips continue
... and the trip boats are still tripping, and not too slowly either.  
The river will probably be busier this week as it's half-term holidays for the kids.
Just the one lock today at Boveney and the lockie is on duty here
 Half a mile further and we see our mooring but that's not the boat we expected to see!
 Oh, there they are! Sue is just pulling out ...
... and passing us ...
 ... and Vic has come to wait for her to bring NPXL in behind the dutch barge

 ... so that we can moor up in front as Still Rockin' a bit longer than No Problem, so here we are together again for the weekend.
Lovely sunset through the trees as the bbq is lit after Sue and I and her two canines returned from our walk of approx 4 1/2 miles round trip to the garden centre at Dorney, I needed some pots for a future project.

The bbq was as good as ever and the mushrooms we'd picked were perfect.  We ate on the back deck of Still Rockin' and because George had banked the fire and closed all the pram hood covers it was cosy up there.  But one problem ... although I'd lit loads of candles and we had a hanging light, it was a bit on the dark side, so I'll investigate some suitable overhead LED lighting for next time.

To round off another good, fine weather, not too cold day someone very kindly put on a firework show for us ...

Not perfect pictures, but you get the idea!  I like this last one though very much!

Friday, 21 October 2016

Last visit to Windsor for this year

 Saying cheerio to Ray yesterday morning at Shepperton, it was good to see him again.
Our cruise yesterday took us to Runnymede but not to our very special moorings but to the council mooring where we were able to receive our Tesco delivery in the afternoon.
Not far to go today, here we are passing below the airforces memorial on the approach to those special moorings which were today available but not needed.
 Albert Bridge is the start of Windsor Castle grounds, and below pictures of the Castle as we enter the town

... and Her Majesty is in residence.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Inca for sale (no not that one!)

Ooh look, we weren't the only ones at Hampton Court, nb Oliver's Dream was right down the other end and has been here a while I think as the mooring warden was writing a notice for him and put it onto the boat.
 Cheerio chimneys!
Up through Molesey lock we find this dutch barge has obviously been here all night with the water hose over his roof.  We knocked but no-one came and George noticed that the water was switched off so he pulled it off the roof but it wasn't long enough to reach our water tank.  We banged some more and a youngish chap came out and George asked him to move forward so that we could fill our tank and he had the audacity to ask if he could finish off filling his before he moved!  George told him in no uncertain terms, no chance!
 The Green Man of Molesey!
 This is the Inca for sale.
This houseboat is moored above Molesey Lock and doesn't look much from the river but check out the link to see inside.  It's yours for £1,195.000!
Sunbury is unusual as there are two locks here.  The one on the right is hand operated and was built in 1856 but is only used now if the automated one opened in 1927 is out of action.

The dredging is still proceeding in the reach above Sunbury here dumping the spoil into the river

The next hopper full of spoil being transported downstream

The signage is much better today warning boaters of the hazards ahead as we approach Shepperton Lock
Work in action on Shepperton weir controls opposite our mooring outside the Thames Court Pub
The Huff Haus opposite has come on leaps and bounds in the two weeks since we were here, it looks as if it may be lived-in now.

We'd planned to visit the pub for a meal this evening but decided instead to eat at lunch time which meant we could relax for the rest of the day.  We walked down to Nauticalia afterwards and George bought a very warm fleece to wear while steering in the cold weather and on the way back to Still Rockin' who should we meet but Ray on nb Stronghold with crutches!  George and Ray arranged to meet later for a drink in the pub.
As you can see it is definitely being lived in now although I can't imagine living there ... just imagine all the Thames Court patrons sitting outside in the summer gawking into your home all day and evening ... talk about living in a goldfish bowl!

All on our lonesome at Hampton

Delivery collected we left Kingston yesterday late morning and returned just a mile or so up river, we're now on our last cruise before taking up our winter mooring.
Now at Hampton Court, as you'll know, one of our very favourite moorings.  It's empty of boats behind us
... and in front of us
... and has great views.
In the afternoon we walked for the last time this year through Home Park
... he let me get within about 10 yards of him before he began to fidget a bit and I backed off
... his harem is not far away!
Hampton Court's Long Water
Sun setting behind the trees 

Molly sight is getting poorer now and some days it seems she's completely blind.  We've been worried that she may bump into the fire and hurt herself so I walked into Hampton to see if I could find a fire screen.  Very pleased with this brass one circa 1920 found in an antique shop for £45 but I paid £35.  It's solid and won't move about on the hearth, but I must remove that price tag!