Tuesday (4th August) our last day aboard Still Rockin' ...
5:45 and it was already very warm ... it will be a long day today.
Last minute things that we've needed over the last few days since the boat was virtually emptied into the removal van ... bedding, clothes, towels, tools, etc., ensuring that every drawer, cupboard and storage place was empty (you'd be surprised how much we found there too!).
It was 12:40 by the time we were ready to cast off for the last time
and reversed from our secluded mooring at Wargrave, winded and continued upstream.
Whilst George steered, starting from the bow and between locks, I was on my hands and knees washing the floor of each room.
Just two to do today ... Shiplake where we took on water and disposed of the rubbish and the pretty Sonning Bridge with it's low and narrow span needs a careful approach from which ever direction you're heading.
4pm and we're heading into Thames and Kennet Marina with only a vague idea of where we needed to go.
We pulled onto the service pontoon and rang Guy (sales) who met us and ... asked George to back off from this pontoon, do a 180° turn, continue forwards until the bow is nearly under the trees and then reverse onto the other side of the same pontoon squeezing Still Rockin's stern into a space of about 11'10" (SR is 11'6" wide). This manoeuvre was executed perfectly by George whilst Guy took photos ready for the sales brochure.
There was the bow of another boat less than 6" away from the gate of Still Rockin' on the left above and he never touched it.
A perfect last manoeuvre of our lovely floating home for the past six years.
Once moored up I of course needed photos ... here looking over the marina from the end of the pontoon ... does anything look familiar to any of my readers ... look closely about the middle of those boats opposite ...
I couldn't quite believe my eyes ... talk about coming full circle ... there is Rock 'n' Roll the first boat we had built for us way back in 2007 ... we were happy to leave Still Rockin' here with her sister boat.
Time now to move all the remaining 'stuff' from here to the car and again quart and pint pot came to mind. I'm good at packing though and was able to fit it all into our small car and still allow George to use the rearview mirror, so all was good.
And the ne'er a backward glance? I was at the car loading with George making several journeys with our belongings in a trolley and once all packed we picked up a take-a-way tea from the marina bar and set off on our two hour drive home. So focussed were we that it was ten minutes or so later that we realised that we'ed never even looked back at Still Rockin' ... another adventure awaits us.