So back to today.Our timings were spot on this morning. The forecast looked abysmal and we very nearly stayed where we were, but with no sign of the forthcoming rain, we pulled pins and headed for Beale Park. First we made a water stop at Cleve lock. Slowest tap by far on the Thames, not helped by an impatient cruiser captain using the 'filling bottles only' tap! He was joined by another cruiser, a hire boat, also waiting for water. Then with The African Queen arriving the lock keeper made the newbie cruiser leave! No room for the Queen to pass you see!!! Felt a bit sorry for him as he was desperate for water and the next water point wasn't until Abingdon. I suppose he could have hovered a bit but decided to go on.
|Large hose for filling tanks, small hose for water bottles and containers|
|Hire boat made to leave|
|It's a hotel boat.|
Didn't expect to see many boats on the move but those that did come past the helmsman and women looked pretty miserable. Can only think they needed to be somewhere. The Coots enjoyed the weather though.
From this last night to..........
Will stay for a day or two, no need to move yet as we don't need to get off the Thames until the 23rd.