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Boat Blog: a good day for the greyhounds…..

Posted by indigodream on 28 July, 2010

Sunday 25th July

Limehouse Basin to Mare Street Bridge (and back!)

Plenty to see and plenty to talk about.....

It’s been a good day for the hounds today – firstly because we had four guests on board for a mini-cruise for charity, and secondly, well, I’ll tell you about the secondly later…..

Today we welcomed back on board Cheryl, who came on our very first charity cruise last October. We’ve noticed a pattern – it’s hard to persuade people to come on a charity cruise for the first time, but once they’ve been, people always want to come back.

Anyway, Cheryl had some visitors – an old friend, Nathalie, from France, and her two sons Fabien and Renon. They were charming company and the boys enjoyed their time on the helm. They certainly got a different view of London – firstly East London by canal, a brief tour of Three Mills with its mix of old and new tidal structures, a good view of the Olympics project and a lock, albeit not the genuine manual article! I hope they had a good time – it’s not a tour that’s generally available to tourists!

I picked up four random guests while waiting to go up Old Ford Lock – they were two couples walking the towpath who were fascinated by the boat and by the canals. I gave them a lift up to the top of the lock – they said it made their Sunday!

We cruised up to Mare Street Bridge and turned just beyond the railway bridge – there’s plenty of room to turn here – we must remember that as Richard has turned somewhere else up here where he only had a few inches to spare!

On the way up we stopped at Three Mills; on the way back we stopped at the Northern Outfall and walked over to Viewtube – it’s a great facility. We had a good look at the Olympic site before saying another reluctant goodbye to our guests. They had plans to visit Greenwich and were booked for a flight on the London Eye at 7pm so they needed a faster mode of transport! Luckily, Pudding Mill DLR is easily accessible from Viewtube.

The new weir which protects the new moorings at Three Mills

We’d had a lovely morning’s cruise, but now we had to race back to Limehouse for the second good greyhound happening – we needed to drive to Ipswich to collect our new foster dog, Lynx.

Lynx’s owner’s tale is not ours to tell, but she’s found herself in pretty dreadful circumstances and needs to get some pressure off by fostering Lynx for a while. She’d determined to get herself back on her feet and take him back – this may take some time so he may well be with us for up to six months. It could be less, but if we get to the six months then we’ll need to review the situation.

We picked Lynx up from Ipswich and so far he seems to be the most gentle of hounds – he, Blue and Lou are getting on famously. I am astounded at how harmonious things have been – it’s early days but keep your fingers crossed that it will continue. From time to time Lynx will be blogging so that his ‘mummy’ can keep track of his adventures and be reassured that he’s well and happy. Will we be good foster parents? Well, we know how to look after a greyhound, or two, or three, so Lynx will have the best care we can offer. He will be treated as ours whilst he is with us so will pick all sorts of habits, both good and bad! Will we be dispassionate, kind but emotionally detached – of course not! When it gets to the end of the six months expect sobbing, lots of sobbing 🙂 But if Lynx goes back to a happy home then we’ll know that we can manage a fostering and can  hopefully help another needy hound….

Photoblog:

The local people are turning their faces to the canal - these lovely, and very purple, gardens are obviously a local project; further on, the houses of Windsor Wharf had very well-maintained canalside gardens...

Approaching Old Ford Lock - the derelict land to the right is owned by Foreman's entrepreneurial boss - he's already got plans (and paying clients) for its use during the Olympics...

This unusual boat came into Limehouse while we were mooring - it's from South Africa, well, I guess that the crew are!

2 Responses to “Boat Blog: a good day for the greyhounds…..”

  1. Anne said

    I just enjoy your blogs so much – especially since I have now been on Indigo Dream. I had a day on NB Pisces (Hillington Canals Association) to get in a little more practise before my week with my son and two dogs on The Ashby (son doesn’t trust me to go through a lock, yet) – we will be experts compared to last year!! Lynx looks gorgeous and I wish you the very best in your fostering duties. Hope we can do another trip in the Autumn, in the meantime with best wishes, Anne

  2. indigodream said

    It’s great that you;re keeping in touch – we’re tracking your fall into narrowboat addiction with great interest – glad to do anything we can to help!

    I think it’s getting more likely that we’ll get to the Wey in late August/Early September – we’ll let you know the dates as soon as possible. Can’t wait to put you on the helm after you practice on nb Pisces!

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