An excerpt from Wind in the Willows

Nice? It's the ONLY thing, said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leant forward for his stroke. Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING - absolute nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing, he went on dreamily: messing - about - in - boats; messing----'
From 'Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

More rain .....

Walsham Gates weir in full flow
I think I am on record as saying that mother nature generally balances things out over time. Well she is certainly doing that with some vengeance at the moment with the Wey in flood and the Thames with either Red or yellow (increasing) boards all the way down. Monday 30-April-12 all sections of the Thames are on 'Red Boards'.

There's a couple of boats 'marooned' above Town lock on the Wey with a least one expressing an interest in finding some drinking water. NB Tacet will should be able to get some about 500 meters back up the navigation but they will have to practice their reversing to get there.

One of the blessings of the Wey is that the 'canalised' sections don't flood (never say never of course) so there is room to navigate a little bit but anyone wanting to boat in this weather, unless a necessity, may need their heads examining in my view.

Byfleet Boat Club have their Weyside 2012 festival next weekend with boats from all parts of the navigation booked to come.  I do hope the navigation is open by then. I met a gentleman at Walsham this morning (Mon 30-April) who said that in 40 years of walking the area he had never seen the EA and the NT weirs both fully open as they were today.

There are more photos of Walsham Gates in flood here.


  1. Thanks for all your messages Kathryn. We are ok here, will move back to get water when we run out! We met up with James and Hazel Bell this morning and they have invited us for dinner tonight, so kind. It just looks as though we shall have to be patient, but Weybridge is not a bad place to be stuck! Do you live on your boat or nearby?

  2. Ian and Karen - No I live in Brookwood - not at all far from where you 'enjoyed' the Basingstoke! My boat (Leo No2) is moored just upstream from Black Boy bridge (just behind you). Pleased you have made contact with James and Hazel - you are in safe hands there I think.