Friday, 13 July 2018

We arrived back at Abingdon just before 5 yesterday and after unpacking the car and the cases, having a cup of tea and a half hour kip we walked downriver to a very special boat ... no photos I forgot my camera!

Boating friends Ann and Kev had arrived earlier and we had planned to meet up with them that evening.  We walked to the Nags Head pub for an evening meal of fish and chips ... lovely!

Sunday (8th July) we need to move Still Rockin' off the lock weir mooring today and Kevin had been in touch to say that there was a space free below the lock ...

so at 7:30 am I pushed Still Rockin's bow out and walked over to set the lock ...

while George brought her out past the other moored boats ...

and out of the weir stream ...

winding (turning) ...

to face downstream ...

smoothly into Abingdon Lock ...

down and out of the lock where he pulled in just in front of this red narrowboat
Putting the pins in ... being close to the lock we know that the wash from big French Brothers trip boats which cruise this stretch of the River Thames a couple of times each day, will create quite a lot of turbulence and could displace the mooring pins.
 We're just a few boat lengths behind our previous and first narrowboat Rock 'n' Roll (click on the link for the 'handover' to Ann and Kevin back in 2014)

 Upstream is the lock on the right and the weir on the left, our mooring whilst we were in Hereford was at the rear of the weir behind the trees ... and downstream in view of RnR ...

 and on the bank-side over the sun scorched grass.

Still having the hire car until tomorrow (Monday) we took the opportunity to do a big Tesco shop taking Ann (RnR) with us.

6pm and the chairs and tables are out, the bbq is lit and everyone has a drink ... cheers!
 Managed to take this from approx 100 yard away ... I love my camera!
 A bit closer to was Jaz, Ann and Kev's happy boat dog.
We sat under the shade of the trees until it started to go dark and the bugs started to bite, catching up and doing a lot of laughing of course ... a great evening.  
Monday (9th) it was time to say cheerio to them but we shall surely meet up again when they come back upstream in a few weeks time.  

It was so good to see them both again and their lovely boat Rock 'n' Roll which still looks as immaculate today as it was on the day of the handover ... a lovely boat (sigh!).

The remainder of Monday once the hire car had been returned was also very r'n'r! (relax and recuperate)

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Back to where we started

We're still at Castle Cliffe House, Hereford and Saturday (7th) was going to be another hot one ...
taken from the bedroom window at the front of the property we can see the rooftops of Castle House Hotel across the park ...
and from the lounge window at the rear ...
over the River Wye below ...
reached by steps through the garden ...
down these steps from the kitchen
Looking up at the house
The water level of the River Wye is very low, like many rivers and canals in the UK currently
There are great river views from the bottom of the garden

it's 9:30 in the morning.
Life on the riverbank ...

We're leaving Hereford today and spent the morning in town looking round the shops after which we made our way to the Cafe of All Saints to meet up with longtime Friends Andy and Jennifer
All Saints Church built in the early 13th century and rebuilt after earthquake (probably) damage in 1330 the church is as long as it's wide, has an unusually high roof and a slender twisted spire.
The church closed in 1996 for a massive restoration transforming it into a multi-use space including the very popular cafe where we had lunch upstairs.

The church is still consecrated and regular services are held each Sunday when the cafe is closed.

So it was back to where we started last last Thursday lunchtime having lunch with our friends before picking up the car and heading home to Still Rockin'. We've had a fantastic two days with great friends, thank you for having us Jen and Andy.

 ... Back at Abingdon ... more friends are waiting ...

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

A walk through Ledbury

It was going to be hot, hot, hot again on Friday (6th July) and we're off out for the day

Waiting outside Castle Cliffe House. Garden contractors were removing some trees and we had to wait for their equipment to be moved before we could get the car out

The market in Ledbury was established in 1122 but the Market House not built until 1617.  It would have had a number of small shops between the 16 pillars 

The building that is now Boots Chemist is shown on the census of 1841 (when census' began) as operating as a drapers shop and in 1881 as a watchmakers 
Ledbury High Street

The Feathers Hotel, a coaching inn was built in two phases, the south section (left) around 1665 and the north section in the early 17th century.
Church Lane is probably one of the oldest streets in Ledbury

Ledbury Heritage Centre was built around 1480 as a boys' grammar school and is now the town's local history museum

Church House is a Grade II listed building (as are many of the black and white timber framed houses in Ledbury) built circa 1600 is now three houses.

One of the most important building in Ludlow Ledbury, Abbots Lodge (although there was never an abbey in Ludlow Ledbury) and its origins go back to medieval times and has in the past been a vicarage and a rectory.  It is currently used as bed and breakfast apartments.
It is believed that Christian worship here way back in the 8th century and there was a church here in the Doomsday survey.  The current church was built in the 12th century but was much extended in the 15th.  Work continues today - it now has solar panels on the roof!

Amazing stained glass windows

The painting of the Last Supper is a copy of Leonardo da Vinci's painted by a local artist Thomas Ballard in 1824 (under license from the Royal Academy)

The tower is unusually separate from the church and is 13th century

After a lovely lunch at Chez Pascal in New Street we returned to Castle Cliffe House to relax before walking into town for our evening meal.

Another lovey day out with great friends.