Sunday, 14 September 2014

Left speechless

Monday 1st September

Berkhamsted was a pleasant surprise. We managed to moor up opposite a park and only a couple of minutes walk from the High St.  A high street full of independent shops, including a very good old fashioned hadware shop stocked from floor to ceiling (literally) with all sorts of nuts & bolts, hooks & handles, washers and widgets & tools, infact everything a DIY'er could possibly need.  Tony was fascinated. In the evening we had a very nice meal in The Thai Cottage.

You do see some strange sights on the canals.  This one has left me speechless!

Approaching Watford, just below Lady Capel's Lock is this cute little whitewashed turnover bridge where the towpath changes from one side of the canal to the other. Leading us to......

one of Tony's favourite spots, opposite the par3 at the Grove.  He sat here for a whole day with a glass of wine (or two) and his fishing rod, watching the golfers. Bliss!

And he did actually catch a fish.

Having negotiated Iron Bridge Lock  we moored up & had a walk through Cassiobury Park, collecting conkers to ward off the spiders.

Between Cassiobury Park and Croxley Green CRT are carrying out towpath improvements and at Common Moor Lock the numptys have used the lock mooring for their work boats, making it very difficult for boaters to access the locks!  Speechless again!

They say the waterways are like a linear village, you meet the same boats but in different places.  We met up with Rambling Rose at Rickmansworth, who also moor at Hallingbury Mill,  also on their way home.

An odd but ingenious floating dry dock near Uxbridge. The barge is sunk & the back dropped down so the boat can float in, then the water is drained out so the whole thing floats & hey presto - a DRY DOCK!

Jan, Tony, Paul & Denise
On Sunday 7th September Denise & Paul, friends from the Thatchers, met us for a  day out on the boat.

Paul turned out to be a great Helmsman and did the whole of the return journey bringing us safely back to our mooring in Uxbridge where we all retired to the Swan & Bottle for a late lunch.  A great day guys, thank you. x

Sunday 7th September

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