Thursday, 27 April 2017

Cruising upstream and sad news

Time to move on from Kingston, we've shopped 'til we dropped, relaxed some too, done everything we needed to as well as caught a cold ...
... so 9:30 yesterday morning we were on our way
The council have been busy creating this very pleasant seating area over the river and I'm sure that it'll be well used by locals and visitors alike during the summer
We were soon approaching Hampton Court Palace but we're not staying this trip
... but we do need to stop and speak to Jak on Jakandan (Chris (fuel boat Merchant) had told us that Andy (Jaq's husband) had died very suddenly of a heart attack a couple of weeks ago) to give her our condolences and see if there was anything we could do for her.  Their son Daniel is with her to help her through this terrible time of grief.  We left her with our telephone number should she need any help and she said that she would get in touch when she'd been able to organise a get together to celebrate Andy's life.  So very sad. 
Hampton Court Bridge and Molesey Lock just beyond that central pillar
Lock Keepers on duty and we go straight in.
Not noticed this Lock Cafe sign before and wonder if it's a new business 
We made full use of the services above the lock
... and asked the lock keeper about the boat which has been moored here for a while now as I thought that it had been impounded by the EA.  He told us that it had but the owner had taken legal advice to fight his case - that the boat could not be removed from the river just because he owed the EA money so here it stays.  There are now three of these boats in the area, no licenses and not paying mooring fees either.

Filming going on just outside the boat club above the lock

... and the curtains in Dave Gilmore's studio are open and it appears to be getting spruced up with lots of lights  ... I wonder if the two (filming and this) are connected.

Hampton Ferry in action
Passing Plat's Eyot
... and soon approaching Sunbury Lock

Above the lock we could see a boat we recognised - Ray is out on his travels again - a quick shout of hello and cheerio across the water!

We were hoping for a space on the Weybridge visitor moorings and we found one that fitted us perfectly
Shepperton Lock House seems to be having a major renovation
It was really cold and we were wearing our winter coats, hats and gloves for this cruise and a few minutes after we'd secured the mooring ropes the hail started and continued off and on for the rest of the afternoon.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Waiting for the kettle to boil ...

 20 to 7 Saturday morning with my camera out of the kitchen window taking photo's of the swans ...

 Ooo, eer! swan with two necks!

... and a rower
I've been full of cold and sore throat so we've not been far hence no posts for a couple of days.

Monday, 24 April 2017

A walk in the park ...

Saturday afternoon on Barge Walk, Kingston
 Egyptian Geese - lovely colours on her back
 ... adorable!
 We're moored top right on the map about a mile north of the 'You are here' sign where we enter Home Park a place we love to walk
 Is George happy?  I think he is!

Seen on the overflow ponds east of the Long Water - we wondered if she'd had just the one which I think would be very unusual or if there had been others 'taken' by fish - we later saw Carp over 2' long basking in  the shallows in the warm sunshine.
 The overflow ponds are often used for model sailing boats

abandoned golf balls
 Hampton Court Palace at the end of the Long Water
we continued our walk down the right-hand side

 We've walked the length of the Long Water and cut across to the Paddock and exited onto the road
 Wisteria in full bloom

We usually re-enter the palace gardens at Lion's Gate but today continued along the road ... we've not been this way before

Bushy Park - we'll explore in there when we move to the Hampton Court moorings in a few days time

The scent coming from what I call the 'candelabras' on the chestnut trees was very heady.

New attraction at Hampton Court - a bit expensive though as it's time limited - 1.5-2 hours (free with palace ticket or £22 for family ticket 2 adults and up to 3 children)

We did stop for coffee and cake though!

Seen from Barge Walk on our way back - a wedding reception on Raven's Ait (island)
... and home.