The farmer at Westfield Farm (our lovely mooring of yesterday) came to collect his dues at about 8:30 last night. As we left this morning at 20 past 9 I counted the moorings he had on his land and reckoned there to be about 20 which would hold boats of 50/60’ and at £6 a night he must make a tidy sum each season as at least 12 of them were occupied when he called.
A murky start to the day as we pulled out to follow No Problem and two other boats up river
Culham Court on the east bank (a wonderful story here) was put up for sale in 2006 for £25 million but the buyer thought it was worth more than that - click on the story above to read more!
A cool £3,600.000 would buy you this property on the Thames!
And the boat-house to this property is a one-storey castle!
Joining the queue for Hambledon Lock ...
... and fuel boat Merchant getting ahead of No Problem above the lock
I just love seeing how other people live!
Temple Island - the folly was built in 1771 originally as a fishing lodge for Fawley Court
Still a bit ‘murky’ as we approach Henley
Fawley Court - a privately owned grade I listed building by Sir Christoper Wren in 1684.
Cruising through Henley ...
The sculptures of Temesis and Isis on Henley Bridge were created by Ann Seymore Damer
Looking back at Henley Bridge
This end plot with bungalow on Rod Eyot is also up for sale a cool £1 million
All three locks today have been on self-service (no lock keeper on duty) and the same applied to Marsh Lock.
Autumn colours gradually showing
Real Hansel and Gretel house if it wasn’t for the ‘modern' monstrosity that has been built behind it.
We moored up opposite Poplar Eyot (island) on Wargrave Marsh which in itself forms an island being bordered by the Hennerton Backwater.
Soon after George was at No Problem where his wood cutting tuition/supervision from Vic is ongoing - you’ll be pleased to learn that he (George) is learning lots!
We rounded the day off with yet another bbq - fantastic!
Our plan today was a cruise to Shiplake - 12 miles and 6 locks ...
... and we set off towards Marlow Lock at 9 o’clock ...
... through the lock, past the weir ...
... Marlow Church ...
... and The Compleat Angler
We’ve enjoyed our weekend here
We passed Bisham Abbey and manor house, grade I listed buildings on the site of an old monastery and the burial site of the Earls of Salisbury, it is now a National Sports Centre for Sport England.
Both boats pulled in to use the services above Hurley Lock ...
... and we were soon passingSt Mary’s Abbey and Abbey House at Medmenham, a grade II listed building restored in the 18th C by Sir Francis Dashwood, where it is said, to have been used by his ‘Hell Fire Club’ for orgiastic rites! It is now two residences.
Just around the corner Sue spied some rather good mooring; it was only 11:15 and we’d not even done half of our proposed cruising ... but what the heck!
We pulled in and had a wonderfully relaxing afternoon ...
... in the hot sunshine reading, talking, drinking tea - it was magic! We shall definitely be mooring here on our way back down the Thames to explore the village and possibly visit Danesfield House.