Thursday, 19 October 2017

Bushy Park

 Sunday afternoon (15 Oct) still at Hampton Court visitor moorings we’re off for a walk to Bushy Park; we’ve not been here before
… it's linked to Hampton Court Palace.
It was very warm with no wind at all, definitely a summer’s day in autumn!
I was slightly alarmed to see this notice on the entrance as autumn is the breeding season for deer, but as the gates were open and traffic and pedestrians using them I’m assuming they are not culling today.
 I decided as soon as we went in that this was not going to be my sort of relaxing park walk
 … I can only think that cars use this as a thoroughfare as I just couldn’t believe all these were either entering or leaving the park for or after a nice walk



We walked down Chestnut Avenue to the roundabout (yes a roundabout!) in the middle of which is a pool with the grade I listed Diana Fountain statue/water feature. I’m sure at one time it would have looked magnificent as part of the  long view from the Palace, but today I thought in the middle of the traffic island that it was insignificant and deserved better.

 Red Stag and Hind very close to the road
The rebuild of Bushy House in the early 1700’s was the former residence of King William IV and was offered to the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in 1902 and is not open to the public
After a coffee and scone break we started to make our way out of the park when on the pathway we met this stag. I really thought that these people we going to try to get even closer to him.
 I certainly wouldn’t want to feel the ends of those antlers
Fallow and red deer crossing our path!
The houses which back onto the park must have good views of the deer and I wondered what this huge building was. (See Hampton Court House below)

 Once out of the park we walked along the street in front of those houses.  The white one here would have been built before the rebuilding of Bushy House.

 Hampton Court House is grade II listed and built in 1757. Since 1996 it has been a co-educational independent school.
 Crossing Moseley Bridge and back to the boat.
I’ve enjoyed seeing the park but it really was not what I was expecting for a park, especially as we love the Home Park of Hampton Court Palace.  We probably won’t visit it again.
 Sunset at 5:40 from the back deck of Still Rockin'
… with a small glass of the red stuff.

Paul from wb Newlands who had returned to his boat whilst we were out came onboard and joined us for dinner.

A good end to a good weekend.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Another warm October day ...

14th October and we're still moored outside Hampton Court Palace

 ... and it's another lovely day

 Every man/woman and their dogs are out enjoying the sunshine

 ... and we go for another walk around the palace's Home Park





 Plenty of mistletoe for Christmas here!

 We've walked for about 1½ hours so stopped at the palace cafe for scones with jam and clotted cream and a cuppa .... delicious!
 Before passing in front the Hampton Court entrance
 ... and what was probably
 ... the moat
... and a really lovely building continuing along the path back home where a bottle of red was opened and we relaxed.

Round the corner ...

Friday 13th!! Leaving our mooring at Kingston just after 9 on a calm, warm autumn morning ... can hardly believe it's October 

A few years ago these were all narrowboats
Destination ... just round the corner

30 minutes after setting off, we've cruised about ½ a mile
... to the empty moorings at the palace where we sat on the deck of Still Rockin' and enjoyed the peace and the warm sunshine
Carole and Paul pulled in just before midday and over a cuppa we planned a Friday fish night take-away on Newlands

In the meantime, we (George and me) went for a walk into East Molesey
You can buy a bit of Hampton Court Palace Gate House (freehold!) for a cool £1.1million

Still Rockin' and Newlands 
... and a glimpse of the palace taken from Hampton Court Bridge on the way home.

Fish and chip supper on Newlands in the evening to say cheerio to Carole and Paul, they're off home for the weekend but Paul will be back sometime on Sunday, so we may see him then.  If not, we shall look forward to seeing you both next year back here on the Thames.