Monday, 24 September 2018

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Gardening

Eleven months ago I potted up my flower boxes with Berries and Cream Violas and they have done me proud with a lovely display ...
 'till now ... they are past their best I would say.

So yesterday (Saturday 22nd) while the rain came down in buckets, I removed the plants and refreshed the top layer of compost (there are spring bulbs underneath) and planted my new violas ...
a mixture of trailing and upright purple, pink and raspberry and cream.  I hope they do as well as last year's displays.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Change of plan ...

No idea what the storms were called but it's been very windy here near Windsor since Monday night.  On Wednesday the boat moored behind the boat behind us had moved when we got back from buying the eggs and to prevent Still Rockin's base plate scraping against the concrete/stone any more we moved back ...
much quieter now except that our  bow sticks out about 12' due to a curve along the wharf.

On Thursday (20th) I woke up with a horrible sore throat and a rotten cold and we decided that it wouldn't be a good idea to move from Dorney tomorrow as planned as apart from me not feeling well, the weather forecast was for winds in excess of 70 kph. 
8 am Friday morning a beautiful sky and lumpy water ...
but at least the sun was shining although the outside temperature was only 10°c!

Last night's forecast was correct and Still Rockin' was certainly not still and was definitely rocking by Friday lunch time!  The wind had changed direction slightly and was blowing down the side of us ... remember that our bow is just slightly sticking out ... and the mooring ropes creaking on the cleats was driving us mad!   WD40 soon sorted that out!  Still suffering but not one to sit and dwell I decided to replant the round flower pot on the deck with the warm sun on my back.
 The last of the sun on the Thames at 6 pm last night ...
 and fiery through the trees at 7 pm ...
 shining on the clouds opposite our mooring
At 8 pm the swan family came a-knocking ... parents and seven kids!

Friday, 21 September 2018

To buy eggs ...

we have to walk once again part way through Dorney ...
 Marquees are being erected for Saturday 22nd September - a private event with no public access.

We continue to the egg farm which also takes in unwanted ponies and does some livery ...

Spooky and Gem

 Chancer and Monty

Blaze and Twigs

Bo and Whirlee

Eggs purchased and ponies all petted and photo'd we continue back towards the river ...

 where the cows have left their field to find better pasture

 along the road side verges as we walk towards ...
the church of St Mary Magdelene, a grade I listed building
 Slivers of flint have been inserted in the mortar between the stones, this is partly decorative/functional and is called galletting






Beautiful tiled floor











This Memorandum fascinated me. It appears to be saying that a local man, William Mountague near the end of Elizabeth's reign purchased land, an island and water forming part of the river Thames on behalf of local inhabitants for a yearly payment (I'm not sure who he was purchasing from).  Another William Mountague who had kept the property for his own use for 19 years sued and obtained a decree for the land and water under The Great Seal of England at Westminster dated May 30th 1676 pursuant to an Act of Parliament in the 43rd year of Elizabeth's reign intituled an Act to prevent fraud in lands given for charitable use which appears to becoming widespread.


 The church is mention in 1266 when the offerings were assigned to the vicar of Burnham


 St Mary Magdalene church is now owned by The Friends of Friendless Churches
 For more of its history click here
Church of St Mary Magdelene from the towpath of the River Thames.

It's been another warm but windy day today but so long as it stays dry we're happy!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Cheerio and hello ...

 Tuesday morning after a very warm but bumpy night with the 60mph gusting wind hitting both boats, it was cheerio to Sue and Vic, we're not sure if we'll meet up again before our winter moorings ... happy cruising to them both.

Soon afterwards whilst I was hanging washing on deck a young couple out walking came to the boat and asked about the boat moored behind us; they live in Windsor and walk along here quite regularly.  We discussed the length of time that boat had been moored there; although it was licensed (C&RT Gold), the EA don't control any time restrictions on moorings on private land (this land belongs to Eton College as far as I know).

We then got talking about the area and our boat, they introduced themselves, Angela and Martin, and we invited them in for a quick look round.  Angela's parents used to live opposite on what I now know used to be called Sutherland Place/Estate so now I can do some research into those lovely houses.  Thank you Angela and Martin for all the information, it was lovely to meet you both.


Magna Carga Hotel Boat passing Still Rockin'

Once Angela and Martin left we set off to walked through the beautiful grounds of Dorney Lake to Dorney Court and Garden Centre.  Although it was still very windy it was also very warm recording temperatures of 26°c!

We had a lovely lunch in Dorney Kitchen and afterwards ...
I chose new violas for my roof-top boxes and Dianthus, Ivy and Lavender for my round pot ... a nice smelly pot!

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Deja vu ...

 Monday morning (17th) we take a last look back at Cliveden House ...
 turn into the stream and continue downstream passing more boats moored at Cliveden than I've seen for a very long time

 Keeping right for Boulters Lock, Maidenhead ...

 where the old fella in the cut is watching for fires to extinguish

 Waiting for Boulters Lock gates to open ...
 where the triffid Tobacco plant is growing well this year
 Maidenhead road and rail bridges come in quick succession 
In May this year I was pleased to see that this row of houses were nearly finished and that the house on the left (grey roof tiles) was also being renovated ... today they are all looking good and all occupied.  Roux at Skindles though doesn't look open though yet; it's got scaffolding all around it.
 I spent a lovely 20 minutes or so looking at the very grand houses in Bray as we passed ...

 and decided that I much prefer the more traditionally (cottage-like) dwellings ... even though they're still very big!

 Keeping left for Bray Lock where this boat has been tied for a long time ... surely it was once someones pride possession and I wonder why it hasn't been recovered. 
 Moored just downstream of Bray Lock I love the Pink Champagne boat ... ideal for a small wedding reception perhaps

Delayed again! Monkey Island was due to open in late 2017, then summer 2018 but this building isn't ready yet
 although the main building is looking pristine ... on the outside!
 This makes what we pay for diesel look very cheap!
 Passing Oakley Court ... we'll soon reach our destination
 There we are ... that'll do us
This boat behind us has been here since at least mid April that we know of.
 Great views over the river and ...
looking upstream and the weather has brightened up beautifully ... and the deja vu?

After lunch we walked into Windsor (just over 2 miles from our mooring at Dorney) to do some bits of shopping and generally have a look around.  George's phone went off an there's a message from Sue ...
they've sneaked up on us ... again!  ... that's twice now they've done that ... at the same mooring!
Obviously a bbq and catchup ensued, no photos sorry ... I forgot!