We didn't plan on leaving early but when one gets woken by those Canada Geese and Gulls, we felt it was time to get underway. At Kingston we realised we could have saved ourselves £8.90 mooring fee as there were spaces to be had, shame we were not blessed by second sight.
|The two bridges in Kingston-on-Thames|
Heading toward Hampton Court, that ticket office of the flower show stood out like a blot on the landscape. Why that hideous pink? Mind you that's my opinion, others, no doubt, would disagree with me. But a little further on and the Hampton Court Palace looked a picture, much more to my taste.
It was here we spied a familiar boat. Milly M but where was Maffi?. A couple of toots on the horn brought him to the side hatch and after a very brief conversation found out we may well see him on the Oxford. Hope so as it would be great to catch up.
First lock of the day was Molesey Lock. Surprisingly it was manned and the time not yet 8.50am. But, oh dear, we left that lock with some red faces. Love to know what those gin palaces thought of us, me trying several time to get the bow rope round the bollard and missing each time. Ian throwing the stern rope which had become so knotted as to be impossible to throw. Consequently he too missed securing FS to bollard, the front started drifting out straight at the cruiser who's owner had this horrified look that a steel boat was about to come into contact with it's hull. Look keepers to the rescue but I had visions of them phoning ahead to Sudbury lock warning them that two complete novices were on their way to cause havoc and mayhem to all concerned.
|This is the chap. Lock keeper was to meet him on the landing.|
|Into the Wey navigation and the through the stop lock.|
|Stop lock closed to fill the pound. Only way to get over the cill at Thames lock.|
|All we could do was wait until the water had risen enough for FS to get over the cill .|
And the wildlife today,