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Archive for January, 2014

Boat Blog: View from the cable car…

Posted by indigodream on 29 January, 2014

It was still very early when we arrived at the Royal Dock – early enough for Richard to go off to work and for me to take a “360 degree” trip on the Emirates Air LineΒ  to take some photographs. It was the most beautiful morning – a proper photographer would say it was too bright but I appreciate a bit of winter sunshine.

Here are some of my photos from the trip – sadly some have been marred by the sun reflecting from the glass walls of the “pod” but I got enough photos to make the trip worthwhile πŸ™‚

The convoy at its moorings -  very handy for the DLR and for the cable car....

The convoy at its moorings – very handy for the DLR and for the cable car….

Cutting us down to size - from up here you start to get an idea of the scale...

Cutting us down to size – from up here you start to get an idea of the scale…

Going up...

Going up…

Great view - see the red ship in the centre of the frame? That's the lightship moored at Bow Creek Mouth...

Great view – see the red ship in the centre of the frame? That’s the lightship moored at Bow Creek Mouth…

Panorama 1

Panorama 1

Panorama 2

Panorama 2

Panorama 3

Panorama 3

On the "level"...

On the “level”…

Panorama  3

Panorama 4

Looking towards City Airport - wish I'd got a shot of a plane taking off - or maybe that would have felt too close for comfort :-D

Looking towards City Airport – wish I’d got a shot of a plane taking off – or maybe that would have felt too close for comfort πŸ˜€

Enterprising businesses can now advertise their services on their rooftops - the river ferry at the far end does the same :-)

Enterprising businesses can now advertise their services on their rooftops – in case you’re put off by the heights, the river ferry at the far end does the same πŸ™‚

Now that's a mooring with good connections to local transport :-)

Now that’s a mooring with good connections to local transport πŸ™‚

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Boat Blog: To the Royal Docks – Photoblog…

Posted by indigodream on 27 January, 2014

Well, two rainy weeks have passed since we had our glorious early morning trip to the Royal Docks in the annual St Pancras Cruising Club convoy, many thanks to them for organising such a splendid cruise. The trip down was amazing – we couldn’t have asked for more perfect cruising conditions, and although the 6am start was a bit painful, cruising by starlight into the glowing dawn was quite magical.

We’ve posted some photos as we went along, but they were from my iphone, and although the phone camera did a good job it can’t compare with the proper job – enjoy!

This is what happens when a "point and click" camera user tries to take photos in low light conditions! Still a good, if unintended, effect though :-)

This is what happens when a “point and click” camera user tries to take photos in low light conditions! Still a good, if unintended, effect though πŸ™‚

Sharing Bow Lock with nb Ketura...

Sharing Bow Lock with nb Ketura…

Some more "Sue doesn't know what she's doing with the camera" photo effects :-)

Some more “Sue doesn’t know what she’s doing with the camera” photo effects πŸ™‚

Bow Creek by starlight..

Bow Creek by starlight..

Cruising towards the promise of dawn...

Cruising towards the promise of dawn…

The light was amazing...

The light was amazing…

The convoy following Bow Creek's extravagant meanders - the camera has a setting which maximises the light available...

The convoy following Bow Creek’s extravagant meanders – the camera has a setting which maximises the light available…

But this is nearer to the actual light by which we cruised :-)

But this is nearer to the actual light by which we cruised πŸ™‚

Commuters - I don't think they notices us gliding by below....

Commuters – I don’t think they notices us gliding by below….

Looking back up Bow Creek and the massive Crossrail works...

Looking back up Bow Creek and the massive Crossrail works…

The big river ahead...

The big river ahead…

The dawn on the horizon - it was a great time to be cruising east (-ish)...

The dawn on the horizon – it was a great time to be cruising east (-ish)…

Wonder what it looks like from up there - I'll show you later :-)

Wonder what it looks like from up there – I’ll show you later πŸ™‚

"Rosy fingered dawn"...

“Rosy fingered dawn”…

Converging contrails - it felt as if the world was coming to life as we cruised...

Converging contrails – it felt as if the world was coming to life as we cruised…

Thames Barrier - the sun was rising now...

Thames Barrier – the sun was rising now…

Priceless...

Priceless…

Living London...

Living London…

Turning towards the Royal Docks - there's still a long way to go though..

Turning towards the Royal Docks – there’s still a long way to go though..

The sunrise...

The sunrise…

In the QUARTER lock at the Royal Docks - still quite roomy though..

In the QUARTER lock at the Royal Docks – still quite roomy though..

The end of the runway at City Airport...

The end of the runway at City Airport… and yes you do get this close

There's nothing like racing a plane down the runway......

There’s nothing like racing a plane down the runway……

The Royal Docks are vast - such fun to cruise this close to an airport...

The Royal Docks are vast – such fun to cruise this close to an airport…

Almost there - that's Excel on the right...

Almost there – that’s Excel on the right…

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Boat blog: City Mill Lock

Posted by indigodream on 13 January, 2014

Such a treat to come back via the “Olympic” locks – there was too much flow down the Lea (or is it Lee?) for us to come out this way…

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Boat blog: really low headroom!

Posted by indigodream on 13 January, 2014

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Boat blog: low headroom on the waterworks river

Posted by indigodream on 13 January, 2014

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Boat blog: Three Mills Lock

Posted by indigodream on 13 January, 2014

We’re thrilled use this lock. – intended as a gateway to the Olympic Park it feels like an underused resource…

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Boat blog: KG V lock

Posted by indigodream on 13 January, 2014

Lack of lock capacity is not an issue on this cruise πŸ™‚

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Boat blog: On our way….

Posted by indigodream on 13 January, 2014

Plenty of time for sightseeing in the Royal Docks –
City Airport don’t like ironmongery, like narrowboats, crossing the end of the runway when they’re landing! Will explain why when I do a proper blog!

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Boat blog: moored up by the emirates cable car

Posted by indigodream on 10 January, 2014

Anyone want to join us for the return trip on Monday??

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Boat blog: view from the side hatch

Posted by indigodream on 10 January, 2014

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