It was Maffi’s intention to leave Wallingford at 8 yesterday morning but things didn’t quite work out as he’d planned!
We gave him a knock just after 8 as we were ready to cast off and didn’t want to leave without saying cheerio and to inform him that the warden was on her way round to collect mooring fees … that got him shifting!
The warden hung around a bit chatting waiting for Maffi to return to his boat as we untied the ropes and pulled out ...
… and 10 minuets later here he is with Molly on the other side of the bridge.
See you next year Maffs!
Brooke’s University (Oxford) having a rising pontoon installed at the boat house
Great views as we cruise
The Beetle and Wedge at Moulsford where ‘Three men in a Boat’ was filmed and the river is the haunt of Ratty, Mole and Toad from ‘Wind in the Willows’
The Water Lyon, a rather nice launch!
Fun at Cleeve Lock … we stopped for water above the lock where the sign informed us that the lock was on self service today, no problem for us we were not in a hurry. Boats went down the lock as we filled the tank and I went to operate the lock when no-one closed the bottom gates and no-one from the boats below came up either. I saw them up and through and just as we were ready to leave a hire Le Boat came and George allowed them though (we wouldn’t fit in with them). They were a group from Florida come to England for the cooler air … on the hottest day of 2016 so far at nearly 30 degrees! They’d never ‘done’ a lock before so I showed them the ropes.
By the time we were through the lock there were 5 boats waiting to go up … and here comes another one!
A few minutes later we approach Goring Lock in a fabulous setting
Ubique has been on this mooring at Upper Basildon since July this year, the EA really does need to get on top of overstayers.
Well here we are, George’s very favourite mooring on the northern end of Beale Park
Molly is chuffed to monkeys because she can step off the boat without help, doesn’t she look please with herself!