It was 20 past 8 yesterday morning (Tuesday 8th) when we set off from Reading and it was cloudy and rather chilly
Seen on the way, it's unusual to see a house boat out of the water
Ooh ... sunshine ... and it was warm on our backs!
We caught up with a narrowboat that was moored behind us last night ...
at Mapledurham Lock where the lock gates are open but the narrowboat isn't going in. The chap on the back called to us to take the lock as he's waiting for his wife who had decided to walk with their dog from the mooring and meet up with the boat further along the river but she's got herself lost as the Thames Path veers away from the river. She eventually caught up with him as we entered the lock and she managed to get on board and share the lock with us. Instead of walking the couple of miles she intended she'd actually walked about 5!
Mapledurham lock is now full and the narrowboat will leave first as we're stopping at the services before we continue upstream.
A mysterious building by the lock ... probably once a mill
The African Queen hotel boat has her home mooring here at Mapledurham
We've nearly reached our mooring for tonight at Pangbourne meadow and we can see a familiar boat coming under Whitchurch bridge from the lock
and we moor up nose to nose ... have you guessed who yet?
Sunset just after six ... the nights are certainly drawing in now.
Our friends came round for drinks and the obligatory topics of batteries and toilets were thoroughly discussed among lots of other catching up. There was lots and lots of laughter whilst getting through more than a couple of bottles of wine and nibbles that they brought with them. It was nearly midnight when they left, we'd had a brilliant few hours in really good company and hope to see them both again over the winter months.
Any idea who yet?