Tuesday, 29 June 2010


We moved to Runnymede on Monday and found a lovely mooring,  just a shame it was near a road.


We had another visit from the family in the afternoon, this time to bring us prescriptions which didn’t arrive in time for last Thursdays visit at Marlow.  Ben also very kindly brought us some beer from the Rebellion Brewery in Marlow.



 SDC11042Elizabeth – less grumpy this time

 SDC11043Flo and Milly stirring the water to make ‘soup’

After dinner we walked to the Magna Carta Memorial which was erected by the American Bar Association





Perfect end to another lovely day

Today we are moored at Shepperton.  We have had a bit of rain, but not even enough to wash the dust off the boat.  Tomorrow we will move to Hampton Court.


On Saturday we travelled to Windsor.  It was already heaving with boats by the time we got there about 10.30, and very hot indeed, but we were lucky and nipped into a space on Bath Island that a narrowboat had just vacated.

We had a visit from friends Sally and Lisa, and Lisa’s fiancĂ© Paul on Saturday afternoon.  Great to see you both again, and nice to meet Paul at long last.


On Sunday morning we went for a wander around Winsor.  Karen and I went on the Big Wheel, Windsor's version of the London Eye, and took loads of photos.  Here are just  few

 SDC11026Windsong and Serenity

 SDC11025Eaton side and Windsor side


Winsor Castle

 SDC11021 Karen


The Wheel

We had a look around the town, but didn’t bother with the castle as there were so many tourists, and took a few more photos


 DSCF0004The Queen was at home, as the Royal Standard was flying, but she didn’t invite us for tea!

We were treated to a gathering of disappointed England fans on the island on Sunday evening.  They were noisy but not too bad until a fight almost broke out and then they all started to disperse.  They asked us for a black bag and cleared up all their litter and went on their way by about 9 o’clock, so we had a peaceful last hour outside before we went to bed.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Henley to Maidenhead

Having decided to stay in Henley through Tuesday, we took a walk into the town in the morning.  The weather continues to be roasting!

 SDC10987Henley Market Place

 SDC10989Friday Street

Having breathed a sigh of relief that we could leave our England flag flying for at least another few days, we left Henley for Marlow on Thursday morning.

 SDC10990Temple Island

 SDC10992Medmenham Abbey, with connections to the infamous Hellfire Club in the middle of the 18th Century

 SDC10994The National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey – daughter Emma used to work here for England Hockey

Emma and the children arrived soon after we moored up in Marlow – we had lunch and set off for a short cruise.  Latest granddaughter Elizabeth is now almost five months old and a real cutie – was a bit grumpy though!

 SDC10995Elizabeth with her feet up!

This was the only photo I got though as I seemed to spend the rest of the afternoon hanging on for dear life to either Flo or Milly to stop them leaning too far overboard!

I couldn’t sleep last night as it was so hot, so was up at 3.30, and was treated to dawn and sunrise over Marlow.

 SDC10999Dawn – 4am

 SDC11002Sunrise 4.52am

Later we headed off intending to stop somewhere around Cliveden Reach, but unfortunately moorings were scarce and those that we found were either too short for us or too shallow, so we continued on

 SDC11006Cliveden Reach with Cliveden on the hill behind, once a stunning mansion dating back to the 17th century, now owned by the National Trust

 SDC11007Boulter’s Lock – we came here years ago to watch the boats, never thinking that one day we might be going through in our own boat

We are now moored at Maidenhead, and will probably move on towards Windsor tomorrow.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Reading to Henley on Thames

Another glorious morning saw us leaving the less than salubrious surroundings of Reading, heading downstream on the Thames for London.

 SDC10978Once again the scenery was beautiful





There is a distinct smell in the air around here, I think it’s called ‘MONEY’!!

We have ended up at Henley on Thames, further than we planned to go today as moorings were very scarce between Reading and here, but, as it turns out, well worth the wait, and a bargain for this area at £6 a night.  We are watching preparations for the Regatta, due to start on 30th June – good job we will be well away by then. 

 SDC10983Entering Henley

 SDC10984Henley Bridge

SDC10985Our mooring at Henley

SDC10986  View from our side-hatch – preparations for the Regatta

We will stay here tomorrow, we have a good satellite picture and we must get our dose of humiliation watching England play!!  Marlow and a visit by Emma and our granddaughters is planned for Thursday.

Another surprise visit…

On Friday we moved form Thatcham to Woolhampton, planning to stay until Sunday morning.  After leaving the phone on the boat while we walked into the village on Saturday morning, we returned to find a text from friends Richard and Chrissie Burridge (ex Ownerships nb Kinver) to say they were on their way to meet us in their newly acquired narrowboat which they have re-named Steliskir (after daughters Stephanie, Lisa and Kirsty)

 SDC10964Out came the chairs, beer and nibbles and a great afternoon was had by all.  We all repaired to the Rowbarge for an evening meal.

We said goodbye on Sunday morning, Richard and Chrissie to return to their mooring at Frouds Bridge Marina, and ultimately, work on Monday.  Hard luck both!!  It was lovely to see you and your new boat, we wish you many happy hours aboard.

 SDC10966Following us closely

 SDC10967Saying goodbye

We continued on almost to Theale, where we found moorings for the night, beside a lovely lake, with just the towpath in between the river and the lake

 SDC10968Windsong and Serenity breasted up in the undergrowth

 SDC10969The view from our ‘patio’ for the night

We continued on to Reading on Monday.  We all felt a little sad to be leaving the K & A, a sort of ‘last day of holiday’ feeling.  We had achieved what we set out to do, but with more adventures ahead of us the feeling soon went away.

 SDC10973We met a party of school children by Southcote Lock – better than being stuck in a classroom on such a beautiful day

 SDC10975Shooting the Reading rapids on our way to the Thames

 SDC10976Last lock on the K & A – 214 locks worked since the beginning of May

We turned back onto the Thames and made our way to the moorings beside Tesco for a big shop, and stayed the night.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Hunger(y)ford moorhen

We stayed at Hungerford on Monday and did a grocery shop – this moorhen seemed to know that we were well stocked again because it spent a long time hanging around our side-hatch.


We left on Tuesday morning to make the short trip to Kintbury.  The weather was much improved but there was a chilly breeze



Wire Lock – a very pretty setting

We moored at Kintbury on our outward journey and had hoped to eat at the Dundas Arms, but it was shut as it was a Sunday, so we thought we’d try again.  We arrived at lunch-time and got a couple of pictures of the horse-drawn trip boat leaving.

 SDC10957Trip boat – the horse is hidden by the man on the towpath

We had a meal in the Dundas Arms – the food was good, but the landlord left a lot to be desired – he was very rude and unwelcoming, and proceeded to give Rog and Karen a lecture about everyone using credit cards to pay (they were using Debit cards!)  Not your usual jovial Mein Host, certainly.

Yesterday we moved to Newbury, and had a wander around the shops, I bought a couple of pairs of crop trousers and a couple of new T-shirts, and we all bought pies and sausages from the Newbury Sausage shop.

Today we have moved to Thatcham – the weather has really turned now, and it’s a scorching hot afternoon. 

 SDC10963Surrounded by vegetation in Monkey Marsh Lock

Tomorrow the plan is too move on to Woolhampton and perhaps stay there for the weekend.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Crofton – Great Bedwyn - Hungerford

On Friday we moved to Great Bedwyn.   We found decent moorings and decided to stay for the allowed 48hrs.  We had a wander around the village and picked up a few things we were running out of, and then had a pint or two in the pub before returning to the boats.  We had a decent day yesterday, weather wise, so we had an early bbq in time to watch the England match on the telly.  A disappointing result, but not a total disaster.  Some little scroat nicked our England flag from the tiller some time during Friday night – at 2 for a quid, it wasn’t expensive, and he could have had our spare one if was so poor that he couldn’t afford to buy a couple!  This time we’ve all but nailed it down!!

We have moved to Hungerford today, and are moored beside the church.  At the moment we are being treated to the church bells summoning the faithful to Evensong.  The town seems subdued – the awful events in Cumbria a couple of weeks back have turned all the resident’s thoughts to their own experiences of when the same thing happened here some years ago.

We plan to stay here a couple of days and move on probably on Tuesday.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Windy day today….

We had a lovely meal in the Royal Oak last night, well worth the higher prices.  Today we moved on to Crofton, and are moored opposite the Pump House.  It was extremely windy today which made life a little difficult when queuing for locks.  We had planned to stay here a couple of days, but not sure now as the telly signal is not good and we’ve had to put up the satellite dish.  Internet is also iffy, and phone signal is almost non-existent.  We may move on to Hungerford tomorrow, but heavy rain is forecast so then again we may stay here.

Wooton Rivers

After our night at Pewsey on unsatisfactory moorings, we decided to move on today to Wooton Rivers, another nice spot that we saw on our outward journey.  This time we were lucky, the moorings were empty and we hastily tied up.  We had a wander into the village to look at the church and it’s curious clock, having ‘Glory be to God’ on it’s face, instead of numbers.



Wooton Rivers is the quintessential English village, with most of the buildings bearing thatched roofs

 SDC10949Manor Farm House

 SDC10950The Royal Oak, where we plan to eat tonight