Friday, 6 October 2017

Oct 1-4 Homeward Bound up Thames and Grand Union Canal

Sunday 1 October Limehouse Basin up the Thames to Brentford (3 locks, 17 miles)
Limehouse Lock

Canary Wharf

River Police

Annie approaching Tower Bridge and the Shard

Tower Bridge with HMS Belfast beyond on a quiet Sunday

Tower of London

Out on the Thames before 8 AM on a Sunday meant that the river was remarkably quiet, apart from a few rowers and one boat moving below Tower Bridge.

Liana passing Waverley, Clyde Ferry

HMS Belfast

Annie approaching Parliament

Refuse barge heading out to sea

Brentford Basin, Grand Union Canal

Monday 2 October Brentford to above Denham Deep lock (13 locks, 12 miles)

Annie overnighted next to the services at Brentford

Brentford sheds getting a makeover



Volunteers at Norwood Top Lock

the ladies had paid £10000 for this lifeboat

passing Bulls Bridge

moored by Denham Deep Lock

Tuesday 3 October Denham Deep Lock to Grove Bridge, Cassiobury Park (12 locks, 9.5 miles)

Black Jack's Lock house

houseboat building

we bought a 13kg propane bottle from this couple who go up and down the Grand Union

John pushing the loose widebeam to the side

Grove Bridge, Cassiobury

moored opposite the golf course at Cassiobury

Wednesday 4 October Cassiobury Park to Kings Langley and home (5 locks, 4.5 miles)
Young golfers were into their round when we awoke late after our busy day yesterday.
mooring by Grove Bridge

renovating the M25

We are all thinking of my sister Elizabeth today, as she is having a major operation.
Cassiobury Park is a great place to moor, with lovely views, and Grove Bridge, with its white ornate parapet, is impressive. We shivered a little until the sun crept out to warm us, while we covered the five locks to Kings Langley, passing through lovely parkland past pleasant house gardens and countryside, then under the M25 to moor near the train station. The slow train to Leicester via Hemel, Bletchley and Bedford was relaxing.

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