31st March and you've probably guessed where we're heading ...
Pins pulled by 8am and within an hour this is what we pulled off the propellor ... this set the scene for the journey (definitely not a cruise!)
Don't see many Dutch Tjalks along the Paddington Arm - needs some attention but rather nice.
Passing long lines of moored boats behind and in front of us some breasted-up to other narrowboats and a few against wide beams too as we approach Alperton.Water conditions are awful making our wash churn right across the canal ... our third stop to clear the prop here just past Sainsbury's.
The 4th boat back passed us at Black Horse Bridge while we were clearing the rubbish for the 2nd time and we've just passed them and know that they're just about to pull out again so we waited for them to come past. As a widebeam we displace more water than a narrowboat so we have to travel more slowly especially with all the floating debris and moored boats often on both sides of the canal.
Approaching the North Circular Aqueduct and the busy road underneath - even with all the problems we're experiencing up here on the canal I'd rather be here than down there!
Friday afternoon and workers are in a rush to finish early (it's now 20 to 1) and this tug contracted to the company laying cables is creating a lot of turbulence as it goes about its job.
Not sure which bridge this is that's getting a makeover but it was a bit tight getting through past the bolts in the safety fencing on the right.
10 to 2 and we're just entering Little Venice Pool with CRT offices here on the right
... and our mooring is available on that long stretch above my mother's day pot plant ... now starting to relax a little!
Moored on the pre-bookable moorings at Rembrandt Gardens
... with decent views
... all around us
Looking down the roof of Still Rockin' under the bridges into the cutting to Paddington Station and mooring basin. We're hoping to be lucky enough to get a mooring for a few more days in there when our time is up on Friday here at Rembrandt Gardens.
Start at 8am, moored at 2:15pm, travelled 10 miles,
~ that's 6.25 hours at 1.6 miles per hour!
We've endured this journey twice now on Still Rockin' and we've decided that we shall not be doing it again unless the Paddington Arm receives more attention with regards to water quality. We love London but feel that the journey is just not worth it - such a pity.