Setting off around 9.30ish Boveney lock was just around the bend. Welcome news from the lock keeper saying Romney lock was manned. Needing water we stopped at the bottom but had to turn against the flow into the weir stream to get to a concrete bank by the water point. So a warning to other narrowboaters. This is a very high bank which means the gunwales get tucked underneath the concrete and short fenders are a must hanging from the handrail to stop the cabin sides from being damaged.
|Lock to the right, waterpoint to the left.|
|There is a cruiser to the right.|
Here the lock keepers had a problem fully opening the gates. In fact, I had just cast off when the gates started shutting again. But although the gates wouldn't go back into the recess the Lockie let us through with care.
|That's as far as the gates would open.|
Cruised past Windsor and along the tree-lined Crown Estate and it was here we finally got to see Sue and Vic. Going in opposite directions so no chance of a stop and chat and apart from a brief wave and hello we went our separate ways. But I must say No Problem XL was looking good after all the work done on her. Take a look here & here on Sue's Blog. Sue, Vic, next year maybe?
|And there they are.|
|Sue hidden behind her camera.|
Reached Staines and found the perfect mooring on a pontoon. Sainsbury over the bridge and Wetherspoons to the right in town. Can't get better than that.
On the journey,
|Well, it was blooming cold this morning.|
|Before setting off. Zero outside, brrr|
|Cadging a lift. A Grey Wagtail|
|Wing flaps down. I'm coming into land.|