Friday, 31 July 2009

Familiar waters

A trip along a very familar piece of canal yesterday, between Stockton Top and Calcutt, for a boat test. Fortunately, the rain stayed off until we'd done enough photos, so we only got wet on the way back. half an hour later, the sun was out again.

Sunday, 26 July 2009


I'm working in W1 today rather than the more usual W12. As I got to London early, I had my lunch on the South Bank, then walked across the Golden Jubilee Bridge across the river. I do this quite regularly, but have never been there at the right moment to see a narrowboat. But there was plenty of other boat traffic, many of them making a significant wash.

Friday, 24 July 2009

Which is it?

"Free: fire wood or restoration project. New owner collects."

Braunston, July 2009

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Little Venice

Our walk on Sunday ended at Little Venice. We watched one of the waterbusses coming through the tunnel under Cafe LaVille, and then along to the pool. We stopped at the floating cafe for tea and carrot cake, before heading down the Paddington Arm to Paddington Station, the Hammersmith and City Line, and back to work, where the car was parked.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009


Camden was relatively quiet when we walked through on Sunday morning, as it was only about 10.30. I always enjoy looking out for the former TV-am building, with egg cups on top.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

St Pancras Lock

Back in January, after visiting the Boat Show at Excel, we walked the Regent's Canal from Limehouse to King's Cross. This weekend, we've had another couple of days in London (mainly to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert, which was spectacular), so thought we'd better walk the rest. So this morning we started by walking the mile or so from our hotel to King's Place. President and Kildare are at the London Canal Museum at the moment, and we could see the smoke from the far side of the canal. Setting off west, the first lock we came to was St Pancras. Just beyond is the St Pancras Cruising Club, with its moorings, looked over by the St Pancras Water Tower.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Guilford Boat Gathering

On Saturday, we went up to Guildford for the annual boat gathering on the River Wey. We had a picnic on a bench next to the lock, and then watched the start of the raft race.

The decorated boat parade wasn't a patch on last year, but the tea and cake from the rowing club made up for it.