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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 2Β½ 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!


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 πŸ™‚

5 Responses to “Boat Blog: Aimless meanderings (15)”

  1. nbsg said

    Aha! The inlet that you photographed is Beverley Brook, on the south bank between Putney and Hammersmith, quite close to where the Michael Jackson statue used to be.

    I discovered this from the new Google duck-eye view of the Thames:

    You can find out lots of useful stuff about the brook (but not whether it is navigable, although the link to the national river flow archive might be helpful …) here:

  2. indigodream said

    Now that IS interesting – not least because I’ve been reading Ben Aaronovitch’s novel “Rivers of London” (as well as its 3 sequels) and the goddess of Beverly Brook plays a starring role – I always wondered where “her” river was πŸ™‚


  3. Kath said

    There seems to be a lot of ‘long story’s in your blogs recently – I want to hear them! I am sure they are full of interest and excitement πŸ™‚
    Kath (nb Herbie)
    PS That’s not a ‘greengrocer’s apostrophe’ by the way! It’s a plural of a quote – if there is such a thing πŸ™‚

  4. indigodream said

    Ah well, you have me there Kath – I’m sure there was an interesting and exciting story but I’m so behind with the blog I’ve forgotten the details! πŸ™‚

    I will flesh things out in the next few posts now that I feel that I’m within a decade of catching up!

    The thoughts “pub, drink, catch-up” occurred to me now that you’re back in the Southeast….

  5. Sue

    So here is a blog of someone walking along Beverley Brook :

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