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Archive for September, 2010

Boat Blog: River Wey (2)

Posted by indigodream on 4 September, 2010

Tuesday 24th August

Cartbridge to Guildford and back

Polo enjoying the view - it was almost impossible to get the three dogs in the same photo!

Danusia, Martin and Polo joined us for a day’s cruise today, arriving at a civilised 10.30am-ish. nb Fulbourne had moved off shortly before us and we were looking forward to another day of locking with them.

We set off in good spirits along an increasingly beautiful riverscape – this stretch around Send is outstanding.

We’d hoped to get as far as Godalming and back, but we had another day of bobbling after nb Fulbourne and tugging her off the odd weir when she was grounded. We got a real insight into how hard this navigation is for a 72′ deep-draughted working boat – it is shallow with acute bends and lively weirs – it is also very overgrown – emulating the Kennet and Avon in places.

Martin was a competent helm – he soon got used to the amount of heft needed to shift a narrowboat – I think his yacht is a lot more responsive!

Guildford is attractive from the water, with secure moorings and a fascinating waterways museum at Dapdune Wharf and ample moorings along the towpath nearer to the town centre. Sadly the guides recommend that you do not leave your boat unattended overnight on the town moorings but I guess they’d work as a stop ‘n shop. Past the town centre, Millmead lock is flanked by a pleasant park, which the dogs enjoyed tremendously. The river above Millmead lock was heaving – it’s the site for the Guildford Boathouse – hire centre for full-length narrowboats, little day boats and rowing boats, and turning point for local community boats. There was a degree of chaos here, especially as the weir above the lock exerts a ferocious pull, despite there being no obvious flow. Getting into the lock moorings (coming downstream) is quite an effort.

We turned Indigo Dream at the open bend above Guildford Boathouse – out of the way of the rowers (who varied from cheerful incompetence to concerned incompetence).

Once we were clear of the traffic below Millmead Lock, we had a good trip downriver – seemingly moving twice as fast with the downstream flow.

We stopped at the New Inn again and had dinner at the pub – it’s got the great Fuller’s combination of good beer, very good food and it’s dog-friendly. Nowadays we actively look out for Fuller’s pubs because they tend to deliver exactly what we need. Richard has talked to Martin about Danusia’s birthday presents. Now Martin already has one thing in mind but brother Richard thought he should point out that perhaps Martin was not doing enough especially as they have not been married very long. Turns out he had already bought a couple of other items, a new belt and a bag. The man in the shop put up a very convincing sales pitch and he had assured Martin that the vacuum would work so much better with them. Richard meanwhile was suggested a whole list of other useful presents including a posh washing up brush from M&S but after due deliberation he settled on a bottle of bilge cleaner. Danusia, I am so sorry for you.

On his evening walk with the dogs, Richard got chatting with one of the weir-keepers and got some useful tips on how to navigate the river with a long, deep boat (such as the working boats that they use to keep the navigation clear). We wondered how we can suggest to the National Trust that they incorporate such practical tips into their cruising guide…..

Photoblog:

Fulbourne moving off from the Cartbridge moorings (outside the New Inn). The river lever had dropped overnight so she was grounded again but got off eventually. We were fine - we have a foot less draught..

Sunk! I wonder what the story is....

Elegant statuary in a garden adjacent to Worsfold flood gates - it's a beautiful spot...

There is an abundant crop of hops in the hedgerows this year....

Tall mature trees flank the river as we approach the boundaries of Sutton Place - we didn't see the house (now a private home) but the grounds are fantastic....

Overgrown towpath - a haven for wildlife but not for boaters!

Lou and Lynx ready for their close-up

The church at Send

Lovely view

Martin, Polo and a propful of weed in the deck bin!

Lynx taking to boating life....

On the border to Sutton Place's grounds - 'elegant' is a word you'll use a lot of on this navigation!

Giving nb Fulbourne a snatch off the weir opposite Broad Oak Bridge - it's an awkward spot - a 90 degree bend with shallow edges and a strong weir...

Another 90 degree bend - the approach to Bowers Lock, which is on the left before the footbridge!

Martin looking very dodgy in Richard's long raincoat - he is clothed underneath, honest!

nb Barnaby - we've met her on the Royal Docks convoy - they're cruised the Wash, more than once....

This mill building is now the office of the Surrey Advertiser - nice place to work - maybe I should study journalism....

The National Trust are working hard to preserve this wooden 'Wey Barge', now moored at Dapdune Wharf

Classic 'wharf' waterfront in Guildford

Sturdy mooring point - anther industrial remnant on this ancient navigation...

This wonderfully organic bench gives walkers a chance to watch the action above Millmead Lock in Guildford...

Busy and attractive waterfront above Millmead Lock, Guildford

Polo looking cute while confined on the back deck - he's very mischievous

There's a considerable pull from the weir to the left of this photo...

Zoom in on the footbridge - girls getting ready to jump off the bridge - high jinks rather than high drama!

Isn't this is a great sculpture (Guildford waterfront)?

And a whole 'park' of wooden carvings downstream of Guildford...

Country scene around Send

Green-grey trees at their best in the billowing breeze

Hunting kestrel (I think) - it's at times likes this that I want a bigger zoom lens!

Polo and Lynx keeping an eye out for interesting creatures on the towpath...

Another view around Send

More views - around Send, again!

Lynx is quite curious about his surroundings and seems very happy on the boat.

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Dog Blog: Lynx’s Diary (4)

Posted by indigodream on 3 September, 2010

Friday 20th August

Me scoffing fish 'n chips

Richard sez we can only have a holiday if we’s done some work so me and Lou went into the office. We done checking drawin’s, well, walking on drawings and we done quality control on Marks and Spences sosidges – they do knickers, in the same shop! What if they got into the sosidges? Best to check them all reely…

We’s worked so hard that we got fish ‘n chips for lunch – I loves fish ‘n chips. Lou loves them too – she carried her dish all the way up the stairs but when she got to her duvet the food was all gone! Was a mystery! Sneaky Richard had picked up all the bits she dropped on the stairs – I did offer to help…

Tuesday 31st August

I’s so tired – I’s been on holidaze with Lou, Auntie Sue and Richard. I thought that holeedays were s’posed to be re relaxin’ but I put me head down for a snooze and when I wakes up we’s in a new place. So I had to stay awake to watch – I might be be missin’ sumfin. Lou told me to take it easy, but I’s a big handsum boy – there might be some nice laydeez out there AND there was a cat on the towpath.

I's got a job - Richard would never get into the lock if I wasn't doing directions....

I’s going off Auntie Sue, she’s so b-o-r-i-n-g.

I says to her “Auntie Sue, pull over there’s a cat on the towpath”,

she says ‘no!’

then I says “Auntie Sue, let me out, there’s a bambi deer over there, it looks delicious cute”

she says ” I don’t think so….”

I gets no fun at all!

Auntie Sue brought me and Lou some hot duck back from the chinese – it was sooo luscious, even better than hot chicken. Auntie Sue says that if I can catch me a duck then she’ll cook it, so now I’s got get busy lookin’ for ducks.

Just a quick little chase, pleeese

Just a quick little chase, pleeese

Ooh, I’s been on the train as well – was good – I looked out of the window and the trees was whizzin’ past. Lou was scared so I had to show her how to be brave. I’s done car, boat and train this week – Auntie Sue sez maybe she should hire a heleecopter for hounds……

Monday 30th August

I went to a big boatshow, there was lots of nice laydee greys there – I likes Blushing Bella – her grandaddy was my great-grandaddy! We had nice matching black glossy coats and we looked very smart. Lou grumbled and said “hands off, that’s MY boy” – s’ok, I was jus’ lookin’, honest…..

Wednesday 1st September

Is my birthday only Auntie Sue didn’t realise until tonight – was ok tho’, me and Lou had already scoffed most of a hot chicken. She said she’d cook me a haggis on Saturday to celebrate properly. Haggis is made of  animal bits – it sound luscious. Is must remember to dribble on the carpet so she doesn’t forget.

Me on the train 🙂

Me and Lou gave fusses for money today – Auntie Sue says we’s a pair of tarts – I ‘spect thats a good thing. We woz with other hounds at Tesco, makin’ shoppers fall in love with us so they’d give Greyhoundhomer lots of money and maybe take a hound home. Auntie Sue got rid of the jam – good, I don’t like jam! Some nice shoppers bought us some treets – we scoffed the lot – Auntie Sue said they should have gone to the poor doggies in the kennels not to spoilt hounds like us. She don’t understand – we was usin’ lots of energy being fussed and layin’ on just one sheepskin each.

I woz a bit tired after that – me and Lou had a long snooze before running round the garden to check for wabbits, then we had to have ‘nother snooze…

Thursday 2nd September

Me an Lou is slave labour – we been in Richard’s office all day – we had to chase squirrels out of the park before we even got to the office and then again at lunchtime, we got sosidge sandwiches but is that a fair day’s pay? We’s worked ever so hard….

Friday 3rd September

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Tiller to the right a bit, Richard....

Richard, take the span between the green arrows.... (you don't want VTS barking channel 22 at you!)

Auntie Sue, I's awful worried, did Richard get my directions?

My girl Lou likes to scoff as well; actually she says I'm her boy....

I's sneaking a little kip - hope they don't move too far while I's sleepin'

Ooh ooh, is that a duck?

Me and Auntie Sue on holeeday...

I's keepin's an eye on fings....

Lou woz scared on the train but she's ok if she stickes her head under the seat - I likes looking out the window!

Me an' Lou down the pub - they got carpet but we still needs our sheepskins....

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Boat Blog: River Wey (1)

Posted by indigodream on 3 September, 2010

Monday 23rd August

New Haw to Cartbridge

It was the first ‘proper’ day of our holiday today and I woke up heartsick and weary – it’s been such a busy and emotional few weeks. On top of Blue’s demise, one of my uncles died last weekend and it’s been a bit dismal, with that low-level dread when the grim reaper is winnowing out a generation. It didn’t help that the boat also felt weighed down by the National Trust’s pedantic cruising regulations!

Moorings in New Haw - we used to moor in front of nb Twig back in 2006

Thankfully we didn’t have any guests on board today – much as I enjoy the company, I needed a bit of peace and quiet. Luckily there’s plenty to be had on the Wey – it’s a largely rural river, though the noise of the M25 and the A3 occasionally intrude. We took our time getting started – we weren’t in any particular hurry. We moved to the water point which serves the online moorings and filled up until we spotted Fulbourne on the move. We asked whether she’d be interested in sharing locks and then hastened to catch her up. We needn’t have worried – we caught up with her a little further along, the river was blocked by a fallen tree. The National Trust team was clearing the tree but appreciated Richard and David’s help with pulling the heavy branches from the water. It was a convenient stop, we had a leisurely lunch but the dogs couldn’t get out to investigate (not that they were bothered) – the water was far too shallow and we were grounded several feet from the bank, as was nb Fulbourne. When the tree was finally cleared, nb Fulbourne had trouble coming off the bank – in the end we gave her a tug – the first of many!

We bobbled along the canal, following nb Fulbourne’s steady progress round the shallow, narrow and twisting river. When they moored up outside the New Inn in Cartbridge and made gestures suggestive of a drink, we assumed they were suggesting a pint so we moored up behind them. They were actually stopping to visit the shops for some basic supplies but in the end we all decamped to the pub. We had a great time, swapping cruising tales (many shared – several convoys on the Thames and last year’s BCN Challenge). nb Fulbourne had an extra crew member today – a young lady called Beth, daughter of a previous Fulbourne shareholder and a fund of local knowledge.

We’d found out that the Basingstoke Canal is open as far as Woking – around 10 lock miles. The locks have to be booked as they’re worked by a local lockie who needs to caulk them to prevent water loss. The trip has to be done over two or three days, though there is mooring, and room for winding, in Woking. We weren’t sure whether to spend the time on such a short trip – Beth told us in no uncertain terms that Woking wasn’t worth the bother so we decided against it this time. We’ll wait until the far end of the navigation is open – we’ve heard that it’s very scenic and we hope that it does open again one day. In the meantime, residents of Woking, convince us, why should we spend 2 cruising days in and around your town!

Queuing for the tree-clearance...

The pub was very convivial – one of the kids on nb Fulbourne is desperate to have a greyhound – Lou and Lynx helped her cause no end, being extremely cute and well-behaved at the pub. As always they got a lot of attention – they met an enormous deerhound/bearded collie cross at the pub and persuaded it’s owner to give them a big fuss while her husband distracted their giant hound.

We didn’t eat at the pub this evening. Richard’s sister Danusia and new husband Martin came to pick us up and take them to their place in Farnham. Richard was going to sort out their computer in exchange for a barbecue supper – deal! Martin owns a yacht and they’ve just had their first proper holiday on board. As you might imagine, toilets were a major topic of conversation i.e. why narrowboats are so civilised in that department compared to yachts. Martin is fighting a, uhm, rearguard action (sorry!) to keep his yacht – we keep telling him he’d be better off with a narrowboat (though not at sea, obviously!).

We had a lovely evening and they kindly drove us back to the boat where we had a quiet night’s sleep. We would have time to resume the toilet discussion the following day as they would be joining us for the next stage of our cruise….

Photoblog:

We’ve included a few photos from yesterday – it was such an epic day that there just wasn’t room to put all the photos in!

The sign for the Wey is a bit overgrown - look out for this sign!

Looking back towards Thames Lock - the entrance to the Wey...

Coxes Lock and the impressive mill development

The M25 at New Haw - the noise of the traffic moving over the bridge joints is strangely musical...

Ooh, that tree was a proper obstruction - didn't look so bad from further back...

Typically leafy green navigation..

Tha Wey have a few low footbridges...

Floodgates...

The ruins of Newark Priory - the scene could have come out of a Wordsworth poem....

And you could just imagine Jane Austen haunting this place...

An ancient building having a little lean...

There is some dredging going on!

So scenic....

Lovely views...

Himalayan Balsam is a real problem along the Wey - it's taking over the towpaths and migrating into the surrounding meadows

Old and new lock gates at Cartbridge Wharf - the New Inn is just round the corner from here!

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Boat Blog: Tidal Adventures (4)

Posted by indigodream on 1 September, 2010

Sunday 22nd August

Limehouse to New Haw (River Wey)

And they’re off….again!

It has been a truly epic day today – we were joined by Adam and Adrian from nb Debdale along with Henry and Bee from nb Concorde. They’re both share boats but nb Debdale’s on the Shroppie and nb Concorde’s not due to come up the tideway until next week. Henry and Bee came along for the experience and a look at the tideway – we thought this was a great idea. Our first foray onto the tideway, back in 2006, was with an instructor and that gave us the confidence to go it alone later.

Henry and Bee stayed with us for the trip up to Teddington but Adam and Adrian were in for the long haul – right up to New Haw on the River Wey.

Lou was ecstatic to see Adam – she has a real thing for him. Mind you, he is very generous when it comes to tummy tickling and general fuss so she is amply rewarded for her devotion! Apart from this first display of energy, we hardly saw Lou or Lynx all day – they stayed on the sofa and showed a complete disinterest in the historic sights of London. Just as well we got photos of Lynx at the Houses of Parliament last weekend – he was absolutely not shifting from his comfy bed on this trip.

We were tail-ending again, and we led our locking companions up the tideway so they could follow us through the correct bridge arches. The St Pancras Cruising Club always arrange their locks carefully so that, wherever possible, each lockful of boats has one experienced crew and at least one VHF radio. It has been a pleasure to be a part of this – we’ve learnt a lot from our role at the tail – not least of which that different engines run at vastly different revs! We had a plaintive phone call from the boat behind – they were doing 2000 revs and falling behind – we were only at 1200. We slowed down and led our mini-convoy along at a more moderate pace. We caught up with the previous lockful and kept in touch with our leader, nb Doris Katia. It’s this communication that makes the convoys so reassuring – it’s always good to have extra brains to pick!

Fine crew….

We’ve been musing since on engine revs and whatnot –  – it’s not just the power of the engine but the boating trinity of engine/prop/gearbox. I’m pleased to say that our otherwise chaotic boatbuilder seems to have got that absolutely right on Indigo Dream and she handles beautifully on the bigger waters.

It can be off-putting coming out from Limehouse, giving your horn a big blast and then finding that you need to do some surfing as commercial traffic goes past. It is really not a concern, you turn into or away from the waves and the boat copes remarkably well, but on occasions you are having to do this before you have settled yourself down and got used to that big expanse of water. Fortunately today it was choppy in places but we had a breather before we encountered any traffic.

Richard lead our mini convoy through the centre arch of Tower Bridge, that is the channel, though the cruising guides suggest that the right arch is better when going upstream – that it may be, but it’s nowhere near as enjoyable! We had the usual lumpiness in the water there and it gets so so busy! Fortunately the other traffic is professional and they do look out for you.

Going up through central London is fantastic, the sights and ornate bridges come thick and fast. It’s important to line yourself up early to make sure that you get the correct arch span – we started thinking about the next bridge before we’d gone under the one before. We have BW’s excellent tidal handbooks printed out, laminated and presented in a folder which we can stand up and turn the pages as we go up.  These guides are fabulous, get them from the Limehouse lock keepers or download by clicking here and select London or (until they re-organise their site):

Upstream Edition: http://www.waterscape.com/media/documents/33.pdf

Downstream Edition: http://www.waterscape.com/media/documents/35.pdf

Estuary Edition: http://www.waterscape.com/media/documents/34.pdf

Tide tables and lock opening times: http://www.waterscape.com/media/documents/22775.pdf

If you notice that any links don’t work, please send us a comment and we will update them.

As always, we enjoyed the trip along the Thames – there’s always something new to be noticed – even if it’s just the state of the tide and the variance since we last cruised! The VTS half-hourly river broadcasts tell you the tide level, information about bridge arch closures and other traffic news. Of course, we also enjoyed seeing our guests having a lovely time, especially Adam, who took the helm once we were past Wandsworth Bridge. The river is still wide at this point but there is far less traffic, the river feels empty compared to the Pool of London and the river always feels calmer. The coffee machine comes on again at this point (Reminder for Richard: Our coffee stocks are running low, urgent action is required!)

We waved goodbye to our locking companions at Brentford and carried on up to Teddington. They looked elated and a very cheerful Scholar Gypsy came on the radio to advise that they had all entered the lock. Above Brentford we had an interesting trip – there were a number of narrowboats on the water who were not part of our convoy and one, who shall be nameless, completely lost his head – rushing to overtake us through a fleet of sailing boats on a blind bend. We were amazed – after we came off the tideway this boat went very slowly and carefully. I think they must have panicked and were afraid that they’d miss the lock at Teddington. No chance, the lock-keeper was packing us into the barge lock and was not going to let anyone through until he had a full catch of narrowboats! Of course, the lock-keeper knew we were on our way because we were tail-end of a convoy so we didn’t have to indulge in any shennanigans in order to get there…..

We’ve not been through the giant barge lock before – there were 17 narrowboats in there with room for many more – we think they have had 30 in there on previous trips. It did take time to assemble the boats and then even more time to fill the lock with water. But we weren’t in a hurry – in fact, the wait gave us time to say goodbye to Henry and Bee who would be cycling back to their home – around 22 miles! They had been charming guests and we hope they enjoy their own tideway adventure next week. It also gave us a chance to walk the dogs and give them a welcome wee break – not being able to stop anywhere on the tideway is a distinct disadvantage for dogs, though they weren’t desperate. After all, Lou has been known to go to bed at 10pm and stay there until 2.30pm the following afternoon!

We’ve joined the convoy in the barge lock – it’s been a good trip…

So, our tideway adventures with the  St Pancras Crusing Club were over – it’s been great. We’ve learnt such a lot and hope that we can help out again. Being part of a convoy, especially if it’s your first time, is very reassuring and we hope that the boats that took part will be inspired to come again.

But our day wasn’t over – we arrived in Teddington in good time and carried on upstream along one of my favourite stretches of water. We had two locks to tackle, but with lock-keepers to sort out the disposition of the boats and additional crew on the ropes it was a doddle. The queues at the locks were minimal considering how many narrowboats had passed up the tideway; many had stopped for a break at Teddington – who can blame them, it’s very nice there.

We made good time up the Thames and were just in time to catch the last locking onto the River Wey. It’s easy enough to turn off the Thames but it’s a little harder to identify the turn onto the Wey – the sign is very overgrown! Keep a sharp eye out for it – the Wey is roughly the second turning from the left…..

We invested in a Wey licence at Thames Lock. Our plans changed drastically when we found out that the National Trust does not allow boaters to leave their boat unattended overnight so our initial cruising plan for staying on the Wey for 21 days was scuppered. After our initial week off we’d need to work the weekdays and that wasn’t feasible unless we paid for a visitor mooring at Pyrford Marina. With the cost of Limehouse already dragging on our bank account we decided it wasn’t a feasible option. Having said that, the Wey isn’t a long waterway and we’d easily explore it on a 7-day licence, which cost £59.

Although it’s small compared to the Thames, the Wey deserves respect – weirs can exert quite a pull and there’s a fierce flow from the gate paddles…

By the time we got the paperwork done it was gone 6pm and the weather was still lovely. It seemed a shame to stop so we carried on! I took Lou and Lynx for a walk along the towpath from Thames Lock to Woking Town Lock, feeling a sharp pang of loss for Blue, who roamed this bit of path many times when we first moored on the Wey.  I’ve missed Blue every day – life is very boring without him – Lou and Lynx are immaculately behaved but lack Blue’s joie de vivre, how he took to retirement with such massive enthusiasm. However, our walks are a lot quieter – I’m not shouting “not too far, Blue” or “Blue, where are you?”.

The right-angled turn into Woking Town Lock was as tricky as ever – luckily I was on the towpath rather than the helm! Don’t go under the nice looking bridge – you need to go in through a dodgy looking hole on the right. Drop your crew off as soon as you can after the road bridge, swing out into the channel and then the turn is easy – Adam has got a good photo on his blog. We joined another narrowboat here and shared the locks up to New Haw – they were on their way to Pyrford. The Wey was as lovely as ever – Coxes Lock is particularly attractive, flanked by the impressive mill conversion. What is now a tranquil housing development was, for centuries, an iron mill where metal was pounded by a large hammer called “Hackering Jack”. From the mid-1800’s onwards, the mill was used to produce flour.

Unfortunately the weather turned as we came up to New Haw and started seriously persisting as we moored up. We did have a nice surprise though, we caught up with nb Fulbourne here, whom we’ve met on many occasions. We met up with the crew later at the local Chinese restaurant – the only place in New Haw offering food on a Sunday night. We aspire to eat in the pub here some day – we’ve heard good report but haven’t managed to moor here on any night when it’s been serving food!

We had a convivial evening with the crews of nb Debdale and the current crew of nb Fulbourne (which is also owned by a consortium of owners) – David and Jackie with their 3 children. It was nice to get to know them a little better – we were to bump into them many times over the next few days….

Photoblog:

Silver Sturgeon – we had a sumptuous dinner on her several years ago…

And me on the helm this time – we tend not to let guests on the helm until we’re past Wandsworth – there’s a lot less traffic there…

nb Empire Queen and nb Startling following us under Tower Bridge….

Big works at Blackfriars – it’s important to keep an eye out for the open arch – it can change daily, or even more frequently, as the work progresses

Catching up with the convoy – nb Scholar Gypsy – hope she wasn’t as close to those bridge piers as the photo suggests – it’s worth giving them a wide berth as the current can suck you in…

See, cruising the tideway can be fun….

Empty pod – never noticed one of them before…

nb Empire Queen and nb Starling against the most famous backdrop in the city…

I hadn’t noticed this slender footbridge reaching under, ah, which railway bridge was it?

picture of peace – pagoda…

I think that the ball on the top of this building has a purpose – any ideas?

Nice to see young people making the best of the river… We suspect that the sea cadets training is very good if only because one of Richard’s younger colleagues was a sea cadet and handles Indigo Dream perfectly.

Of course, more mature people enjoy the river too, well, I think they’re enjoying it…..

The ex Harrods Furniture Depository – the name is proclaimed in large print on the front of the bulding – grand eh?

Palace Wharf and site of a ‘granite and mosaic’ business – I wonder if they ever transported the stone by water?

This building’s sails were furled today – it was a bit overcast…

Adam tells us that behind the bigger windows with special non reflective glass are film studios with a view onto the bridge

This fine 7-bedroom house just upstream of Hammersmith Bridge is on sale for £14 million; luckily there’s a more modest 7-bedroom riverside property with a mooring for only £3.25 million in Hampton Wick!

Rowers overtaking a narrowboat – they often do, especially when they’re moving with the tide!

Budweiser brewery in Mortlake – there are a couple of riverside breweries along the tideway..

This unassuming pole marks the end of the boat race course….

Waving goodbye to nb Empire Queen at Brentford – hope you had a good trip!

Bye Bye nb Starling – the crew looks elated and so they should – it’s a thrilling ride up the tideway…

Heronry….

What a grand sight – the barge lock at Teddington..

Wildly different qualities of boat moored in Kingston…

You get all sorts of craft sharing the Thames locks – this is in Molesey…

Antique boats – look at their ‘laden’ waterline – so low and so consistent..

I bet not many boats squeezed in the lock with him….

Awkward mooring for a narrowboat – we wondered whether it was an impounded boat.

This is an ancient navigation – most of the locks date from the 1600s

Lynx is getting the hang of rummaging at every lock, though he’d much rather cosy up to Richard…

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