Sunday, 1 June 2014
Retired at Last
Through Sawbridgeworth, past the Maltings, which now house various businesses including a couple of Antique shops.
Shortly after this our journey nearly ended for the day when at Sheering Mill lock the work boat had just arrived to close the lock to make repairs to the hydraulics, which had a split pipe & was spraying oil everywhere. Luckily, with a little persuasion, they let us through before closing them.
Between Harlow Lock & Parndon Lock are several sculptures by local artists using the inspiration & history of the river.
At Parndon Lock is a raised walkway designed by Alan Freeman and decorated with glass inserts made by Karen Murphy. Both artists are based at Parndon Mill, which provides studios & workshops for artists and a fine art shop.
At Roydon Lock we stopped at the lockside shop for ice creams.
We finely moored up for the night just beyond Roydon and enjoyed a drink or two on Aylmer's sister craft, Aria, with good friends Martin & Karen to reflect on a very pleasant first day on our adventure
Day 2 saw us do the long haul along the river Lee to Lime House, 9 hours. A much wider river, but not so pretty, especially all the industrial bits around Edmonton & Tottenham, relieved slightly by the Ice Cream 'Float' :).
Now moored up in Battlebridge Basin for a peaceful night aboard.