It was 11:30 by the time we set off from the visitor moorings at Runneymede ...
passing the park
and the Air Forces Memorial at the top of Cooper's Hill
Lucky them, they've now got pole position!
and passing the Magna Carta Memorial
An oncoming trip boat in a hurry
Runneymede's National Trust Wardens Offices and cafe
Planes every three minutes coming in to land at Heathrow
Lucy Fisher has been up and down the river each day over the bank holiday weekend but is now once again in her mooring
First of three locks at Old Windsor and we're soon through
watching the proceedings
Pretty cottage on Windsor Castle Estate
Planes keep coming from left to right taking off now from Heathrow
First sight of the Castle is thrilling no matter how many times we come this way
Mooring at Datchet in view of the castle would make a change one day and free for the first 24 hours.
Heightened security on the castle grounds, I wonder what's going on?
Looks like a show ring
I'd like to live here please
Her Majesty the Queen is not at home
It's the Royal Windsor Horse Show
... taking place within sight of Windsor Castle during 10th to 14th May
There was a for sale notice here last time we came by but it's gone now, perhaps next time it will have been demolished
Second lock is Romney and the heron is giving instruction - sharp left here and keep left!
and this one says - in here!
The Archimedes Screw Turbines in Romney Lock cut are receiving attention. There are plans to install these screws near other locks/weirs in the area.
Magna Carta hotel boat moored as we enter Windsor
The trip boat on the left has just pulled out from picking up passengers and will now have to get a spurt on to move over in front of us as there is another trip boat coming towards us both.
No boats moored on the Brocas today and you can see that the River Thames water is low due to lack of rain over the winter - doesn't bode well for the summer cruising season.
No boats moored on Bath Island either - not stopping today but will probably move down here for the weekend
Last lock of the day at Boveney where we use the facilities - good job we don't have a pump-out loo because this one's out of order! Once we've finished here we'll cross the river to the far side of the lock island to fill our very empty water tank.
Still every three minutes but now right to left!
The weir stream at Boveney has hardly any water flowing through
Waiting for two trip boats to descend the lock and then it's our turn to go up.
Not a heron this time!
This is our plan B ... Boveney visitor moorings at Dorney
This is plan A but it's not to be
... this could be plan B then ... can we get our back end in next to the barge and could we fasten our front under this tree? We winded (turned) but 'No' we didn't fit.
... perhaps this could be plan B then? Winded again to reverse in - not happening - too shallow!
So the original plan B which is now I think plan Z and we moored up at the visitor moorings! This is the notice at all Environment Agency moorings along the River Thames where the moorings are free for the first 24 hours. I think a similar process could work on the canals. Once you've 'checked in' with TVM when you moor-up it would prove that you have been cruising and if sensibly monitored (actually fining those who do abuse the system) would prevent overstaying. What do you think?
Our views for the next few days - not too shabby at all!