Saturday, 23 June 2018

A great day for cruising ...

... on Wednesday (20th) and before 9 o'clock



George is pushing off the bank at Wargrave





and reversing out into the  river's stream






round Poplar Eyot (island) to where

all the posh houses are.
Although far too big for me, I really like this house
especially the garden with its delicate planting of white and pinks
I just love the
juxtaposition of
traditional and
modern
architecture
along the River Thames' banks
especially here as we cruise
Wargrave
to the first lock of the day at Shiplake
where it was a tight fit
and deep enough to need a hand from the lock keeper to take my rope



and where the Oxfordshire flag was flying ... designed by the College of Arms and was only registered with the Flag Institute in October 2017.

I like the way this lovely old flint building sits in its space as we rounded the bend and stopped off at the services above the lock to get rid of the rubbish
Approaching the left and then hand bends I can see the White House which was the home of Uri Geller until fairly recently
As we rounded the bend where the river narrows we couldn't believe the stupidity of the person at the helm of the bigger cruiser above (here looking back after  the bend), who was overtaking the smaller cruiser on 'our' side of the river and was rather surprised to say the least to see us, even bigger than him, coming towards him.  We slowed and moved slightly over but mindful of the trees and the little cruiser did the same on his side and the guy passed with 'ner a glance!  He wouldn't (I hope) have made that sort of maneuverer in a car on a blind bend.

Plenty of moorings available outside the house but the mixture of mooring information ( signs as above and a TVM style) are confusing.



The mill stream flow is quite strong






and caused George a little anxiety as we approached Sonning Bridge





as it's on a skew




with a blind bend beyond







Safely through 






and we're soon at Sonning Lock



This is the pole/hook that I use to either hook it round the bollard if I can reach it, or offer the bow rope up to the lockie for him to do it for me.





There's already a boat in the mooring we usually so we're going to try the one on the left here






It was a bit awkward so George pulled away again






winded (turned) and came at it from downstream




All tied up ... just a bit of garden to tidy up
and we can sit
and enjoy the views.

Friday, 22 June 2018

From the deck ...

Tuesday (19th) was a lovely day, not too hot, not too cold and we spent the whole day on the deck of Still Rockin' watching the river go by ...

Hidden talents!








Mandarin Duck


... and to round off a perfectly relaxed day there was a bbq ... of course!