Thursday, 22 June 2017

Still hot, hot, hot!

Don't know about you, but this heat is melting me.  The forecast if for cooler weather from today; that will suit me just fine!

Tuesday at Goring ... we'd hired a car and had places to go and an appointment to keep, Maffi was heading downstream and Nicky and Keith upstream so cheerios were said; we shall hopefully meeting up again before the summer is out.
 Wednesday (yesterday) the hire car has been returned and we're ready to go

 A little way downstream to wind (turn) passing this boat ...
anyone recognise her?
 Yes, it's Caxton.  We were sorry not to have been able to meet the new(ish) owners properly, but I'm sure there will be a 'next' time.
 Back up Goring and Cleeve locks hopefully for the last time for a while
 Baling the hay above Cleeve Lock that was cut on Sunday
 Hello Alf ... is this a Humber Keel too - it's very sleek

Approaching  Moulsford Bridge

Badger Sett had been in touch, they're moored before the bridge at Wallingford and there's a space for us too .... It took a while to moor up and we couldn't get close to the bank at all, not sure how I was going to get off either.  There was a small cruiser in the next slot which was also in the shade and we hoped that he would be moving off soon, which he did .... lucky us!  We grounded very firmly as we moved round the bushes keeping our fingers crossed that another boat wouldn't sneak into the space before we managed to get off the bottom and into the slot.  We managed though with Keith's help.  Once settled it was out to sit on the grass in the shade, Nicky had gone into town to have a look around and to buy some meat to put on the bbq for this evening.

What a great day we had, more good company and good food, there really is nothing better.  The meadow and riverside was full of people and families picnicking, swimming and generally having fun and it was good to see.
 As the sun moved round so did we to stay in the shade of a very handy tree from where we could see the church

 The seeds from the trees were blowing everywhere and the walkway into the next field looks as if it's covered with snow.  Still Rockin's decks look the same, I'll be busy cleaning it all up today.
Binks and Benji expending some energy
 ... and the four of us doing our best not to!
We shall miss these guys; maybe there'll be another chance to meet up whilst they're still on the Thames, I hope so.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017


Sunday ...
... he came to cut the grass in on the meadow at Cleeve
... and as expected the Red Kites came too.
At one point we counted 17 of them all looking for a juicy meal
 Early afternoon Maffi arrived and breasted up ...
 we had dinner alfresco ... George is riveted by Maffi's stories (!?)
... and wherever Maffi is, lovely Molly is always close by
We were watching the sunset waiting for the owl to appear but were disappointed, perhaps it was because there was no sport in the field now that the grass was cut.
 Monday mid-morning Maffi untied and set off towards the lock
 ... we winded and followed but stopped at the water point to refill the tank
 ... and once finished went through Cleeve lock and past the small weir
 ... and close by this pretty setting - is that a lock in the centre of the picture?
... no, it's two concrete piers holding up the footbridge.
We continued through Grove Lock to the visitors moorings where Maffi had tied up and surprise, surprise ...
Nicky and Keith were just pulling in too, although they were not so wrapped up in warm clothes! (photo pinched from fb)

 ... with their two Vizslas
It was really good to meet up with them again.

Maffi, Nicky and Keith together with Molly, Binks and Benjy came onboard for cuppas and a catchup and later we all went to the John Barleycorn for our evening meal.

Good food, good company and a good time. 

Monday, 19 June 2017

Wandering the Thames Path

Thursday we walked up the meadow to follow the Thames Path, we've done this stretch before at a different time of year but had to turn back at one point as the ground was water logged and slippy, so today we wondered where it would take us. 

It took us past this house, a mixture of Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Egyptian ... certainly 'different'.
We eventually arrived at the Beetle and Wedge at Moulsford where we couldn't go any further except up Ferry Lane to the main road so we turned back again
... passing this lovely farmhouse in the lane
... and back into the courtyard/parking area of the pub
... and looking back at the Beetle (hammer) and Wedge (used to split wood), it looks and sounds a rather posh place.
On the opposite side of the Thames we pass the Leatherne Bottel  which, looking at the menu prices is also a posh place!

We were glad to get back to Still Rockin' and out of the too hot sunshine, for me anyway.

Sunday, 18 June 2017


Last night at dusk ... sooo lucky!

Cleeve on the River Thames.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

An epic journey ...

 ... of just ¾ of a mile!
 10 to 8 this morning (Thursday) I'm on lock duty at Goring, the gates are open and George brings Still Rockin' in
 Part of Goring lock keeper's job is to control the river's weirs both here at Goring and also at Streatley
 Wonder what the building is far up the hill above Streatley
 After reboarding once the top gates have been closed we continue the short distance to Cleeve Lock
 Once above the lock we filled the water tank and found our mooring
 ... in sight of the lock
 ... and with good open views
... all around
 ... although we have had to deploy the gangplank!