Boat Blog: Aimless meanderings (12)
Posted by indigodream on 9 October, 2013
Rewind to Friday 23rd August
Cookham to Runnymeade
We weren’t in such a rush to leave this morning as we only needed to get as far as Runnymeade. So there was time for the extended pack had a mini-adventure and for the three crews to congregate on the towpath again for morning coffees and yet more chat. We could have stayed there all day – our departure made all the harder by the fact that we might not see these crews for another year or more (especially nb Matilda Rose, who are heading for France next year!).
In the end, Graham had to get assertive and motivate all three boat crews (not just us) to get moving – town moorings are at a premium and if they didn’t leave soon they risked not getting a place in Marlow. We moved off at 10.30am and headed downstream – we filled with water at Cookham Lock and got a pumpout at Boveney Lock. There was a bit of a queue at Bray but we used the time profitably to feed the hounds on the towpath. It’s much easier to feed the extended pack on land – especially as Sarah’s hounds need to wee immediately after eating!
I have NO notes from the day apart from “the new crew were very subdued” and that the weather was “hot and heavy”!
We had planned to take the boat down to Staines for shopping then turn back upstream to Runnymeade. But as we passed the Rynnymeade moorings, we notice that there were only a few spaces left – we couldn’t risk losing them so we moored up and I got a cab to/from Sainsbury’s in Staines to top up with food for the guests that we were expecting tomorrow.
Although the moorings in Staines are usually quiet, we were disturbed by the distressed barking of a dog overnigh, it went on and on…..it was too much. I got up at 4am and went to find this poor dog. After some searching (in pyjamas, of course!), I found that the distressed dog was a puppy that had been left outside all night. It had a bed on a porch, but it was cool night and raining – I wouldn’t have left my hounds outside! The owners of the house either weren’t there or didn’t mind that their dog was barking incessantly through the night – Bah! And even more Bah! that there was nothing I could do for the poor puppy….