... sometimes don't go exactly to plan! Our plan was to set off early but we actually slept until 7am this morning and that's late for us.
... so it was 9am before we untied and cast off from our lovely Henley mooring
... and were soon entering the Regatta area where rowers once again have no mirrors to see what's behind them!
We stopped whilst they sorted themselves out and became visible in front of us.
During construction of the course boat travelling downstream use what will be the race lane, those going upstream (us) use the right hand side of the river. When the regatta is actually happening all craft use this lane and it can be a bit stressful!
Looking back - always a good picture even on a cloudy day
We kept well over to the right and allowed the girls to overtake us in their own time - works a treat.
Henley riverside is also another must have picture as we approach
The hedges are full of dog roses, their pink flowers glowing amongst the green
Through the centre arch of Henley Bridge
Looking back again.
Our original plan was to go up through Marsh and Shiplake Locks, get water, wind (turn) descend Shiplake again and cruise downstream to one of our favourite Thames moorings.
Instead as we passed by the island we could see that the water tap on the visitor moorings was free so we did a U-turn at the end and pulled over
Out came the two hoses and it just reached the tank
Once done we continued upstream where this wide beam was pulling out on tickover
A Le Boat behind us having to slow right down too
The lock gates are open and he goes in, the lock keeper asks how long we are and says he thinks we'll just fit. I then heard him calling for a narrowboat to come in too ...
... it was a very snug fit!
We were soon past him once out of the lock
You may just be able to see where we're heading for to the left of Poplar Eyot and just above the hand-rail at the bow ... one of our favourite places ... and it's free as in available and at no cost ... what a bonus!
Looking back ... it's a bit busy!
A melancholy moment because the last time we moored here in September 16 on the way to our winter mooring ...
Molly was still with us enjoying her paddle, fetching sticks and just showing how clever she is sitting on the gangplank even though she was nearly totally blind.
We still miss her soooo much.