Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Saying cheerio ...

Friday (8th June) and after the surprise of yesterday it's time to move on ...

... and after saying cheerio to Sue and Vic we left our mooring at Dorney and continued our way west (upstream) our destination  just a few miles to Cookham.

Monkey Island Hotel is set to open in August this year.  Last time we came this way, just a few weeks ago it didn't look as if that target would be achieved, but today, well maybe it will!
Someone loves their garden ... it looks really lovely
There's a lock keeper on duty at Bray
This is certainly one of the nicest lock houses on the Thames
Rowers ahead

... and Our Pegasus' bow rope has come adrift, I hope the owners are expected back soon.
Approaching Boulters Lock at Maidenhead
... and looking back
The lock keeper has seen us coming and the gates are open

This is Nottingham born Ralph Tomkin who has just celebrated 40 years service as a lock keeper on the River Thames.  Being based on each end of the river in his time, on the east in Teddington and as far as Staines and the river's most westerly point at its source near Letchlade, he has been the resident Lock Keeper at Boulters Lock in Maidenhead since 1991. Congratulations Ralph!

The old man in Boulters Lock cut where Richard Dimbleby used to live is still smiling, he's a happy chap!

Once through Cookham Lock we decided to carry on upstream just a bit further ...
... and it wasn't long before this was our view upstream
We are of course at another of our very favourite moorings 
on Cliveden Reach where we shall stay for the weekend.

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