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Archive for November 1st, 2013

Boat Blog: Aimless meanderings (15)

Posted by indigodream on 1 November, 2013

Rewind to Monday 26th August

Teddington to Limehouse

Choppy? What do you mean choppy?

Choppy? What do you mean choppy?

I was musing on why I didn’t have any notes from our trip down the tideway when I suddenly remembered that I hadn’t done the trip!

We were up very early – 6am-ish, to catch the tide at 7am. We got the dogs off and organised, got coffee made and I headed off to Teddington station while Indigo Dream headed for the tideway. The grand plan was for me to go back and get the car from Reading and drive back to Limehouse in time to pick up Richard and the hounds at Limehouse. In the the meantime, Sarah and Andy would crew the boat – the trip can be done single-handed but it takes a lot of concentration and is so much better if there is a spare helmsperson on board (and spare maker of bacon sandwiches!). It was nice pleasant trip, one we never tire of, we took it easy so just over 2½ hours for the trip with just the usual lumpiness below Tower Bridge, Sarah drove us into the lock, first time for her from Teddington but managed to get the Lock Keeper’s approval.

The plan worked perfectly – I got to Limehouse about half-an-hour after the boat – I was trying out a new satnav and it had skillfully navigated me past the numerous road closures imposed by the Notting Hill Carnival – brilliant!

I didn’t want to be late home, so when I arrived, I said a sad goodbye to Sarah, Andy, Bertie hound and Archie – we’d be keeping Henryy and Herbie while they’d continue to look after Ty – long story!

Getting hounds ready

Getting hounds ready

One of these days we will need to work out what all the little inlets are

One of these days we will need to work out what all the little inlets are

Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station

 

Early morning starts are so tiring ...

Early morning starts are so tiring …

 

But Archie stays alert!

But Archie stays alert!

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It is gone 9am but obviously no sight of any politician hard at work

You can never tire of this trip

You can never tire of this trip

 

 

One way to wash the fenders :-)

One way to wash the fenders 🙂

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