Sunday, 25 September 2016

To the Castle

Friday morning 7:30 and the sun’s ray is like a laser on the river
… and in the other direction plays with the light and shade and reflection
Not an early start for us and just the one lock today at Bovney 
Immediately below the lock we turn into the weir stream for water ...
… opposite the racecourse.  
The sky is blue and it’s lovely and warm
It’s less that a mile from the lock to our destination and we can hardly believe that the whole mooring is empty!
We are of course at Windsor Castle … wonderful!

An hour or so after tying up Sue and Vic arrived behind us, it’s good to see them again and plans were made to go out for a meal on Saturday evening … another good day!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Another fine day

 Half past eight and George steps off to Still Rockin’ to cast off from our lovely mooring
 … at Clivedon where he winded (turned) leaving this view behind us.  We saw that notices have now been erected along the path informing boaters that a £9 mooring charge is payable to the National Trust but no-on came to collect any fees from us whilst we were there.

Boulters Lock at Maidenhead is still on Self-Service

nb Victoria and Still Rockin’ go in

 … descend and leave, all very smoothly done.

Pretty bridge at Boulters
 Another lovely bridge as we cruise through Maidenhead

We’ve never moored at Cookham maybe we will when we come back this way in a few weeks time
 Abseilers inspecting the M4 bridge over the River Thames 

Safety boat

 All while the traffic was hurtling overhead on the busy motorway
 We have reached our destination … before the bend there on the left
This afternoon we took a walk with Molly through the arboretum at Dorney which of course was the rowing venue for the 2012 Olympic Games and is Eton College Boating Centre

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Just the tops!

That’s what today’s been like … just the tops!
 Leaving Medmenham Meadow this morning
 It’s half past eight and the sun in breaking through already

Approaching Temple Lock the second of the day

 Bisham Abbey and All Saints Church

Moorings here!
A sneaky look through the window!
 Coming into Marlow ...

Looking towards Marlow from SR's rear deck at the lock … it
is unusual as the landing stands detached from the lock itself making it awkward to use if on self service going downstream, fortunately a lock-keeper was on duty today
 Leaving the town behind
 View as we leave Marlow lock cutting
 Bourne End

Moorings here too!

Turning into the lock cut at Cookham
 Cookham Lock ...

… is also unusual in that it is actually two locks enabling more or less boats to go through at the same time  … and there’s George!

The Ovaltine Boat

On our last trip this way a couple of months ago we commented that the roof on this boathouse was badly in need of repair … see below
 And yet another of our most favourite moorings on the River Thames … Clivedon House!
 National Trust repairs at Clivedon
 The Fountain of Love at Clivedon
 … and Clivedon House now a hotel
 Walking back to Still Rockin’ ...
 More detail of this view over the river in the pictures below ...
 Some lucky child is getting a very posh treehouse!
 Lovely buildings, looks like some sort of ‘Centre'

Tree fungus
 Lucky snap of a muntjac deer
Our view today … marvellous!

The weather has been warm and sunny, the cruise has been delightful, our mooring is superb and our walk very satisfying … all-in-all it’s been just the tops!