Sunday, 30 November 2014

Moored on the Paddington Arm

We’ve had a busy few days here at Hillingdon
Friday morning and we’ve moved from one side of the footbridge to the other onto the old brickwork wharf 

... as this was ideal for sawing and splitting the wood
This is where we are!
Once all the wood was sawn and most of it split ready for use

... we stacked up the split wood in the bow and the rest on the seats on the rear deck.
We shall need to keep the canvases open as much as we can to keep the air circulating around the wood and to prevent condensation/ mould from appearing on the fabric.
Saturday George swept and mopped the roof, that certainly looks much better!
In the afternoon we went for a walk towards Willow Tree Marina, it’s a lovely marina, very peaceful; the reception/office is smart and there were already people in the bar/bistro. We asked about short-term moorings but unfortunately since they took on Black Prince hire boats they have no room at all for casual moorers.
The receptionist also told us that just a few minutes walk out of the marina there is a Tesco Extra and B&Q and a little further on the village has a post office, chemist and a chippy!
 Today the weather has been wonderful, lots of sunshine and about 15degrees c.

We didn’t have a multi-fuel burner on nb Rock ’n’ Roll and so we’ve had to think about how we store all the fuel on Still Rockin'.  We’ve sorted the wood but needed something to keep the coal in and found this small bin in Argos at Hayes Bridge Retail Park which is also just a short walk away over the footbridge.  There are also Maplins, Currys/PC World, Halfords and more there.

This afternoon George walked to B&Q to get me a full-length mirror to hang inside one of the wardrobe doors (so that he can check that he’s presentable before we go out ... lol!)
 Even with all these big stores around the area it’s quiet here; there are dog walkers, lots of Dads and their kids walking or cycling but because the mooring is on the offside the ‘family'  cyclists keep to the pathways through the open spaces and those in a rush are on the towpath opposite!
 Ruby red rose hips make a lovely splash of colour
The late sun brings out all the rest of Autumn’s colours


Julie Hayter said...

We have a mooring near Uxbridge Boat Centre and have been up here for many a short overnight break. It's great for group get togethers because of all the space for BBQ's

Carol said...

Thank you Julie, we moored up above Uxbridge boat centre on our way down the GU and may do the same on the way back as we have post to collect from the post office there.