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.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

The Final Countdown

It is almost D-Day for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant - we are off to the boat in the morning and will make our way to Hampton Court (or thereabouts) for the evening.  My friend Sue in on her way from West Wales and will be here this evening - my only concerns now are that I haven't finished cleaning the brass and the boat is filthy on the outside but the current 'heat wave' really hasn't made it easy to wash - ever tried washing a steel narrowboat when it is almost too hot to touch?

Thursday will see us through Teddington about 45 mins before the high tide (so we'll push the tide to Richmond) and then take the ebb all the way to Limehouse not forgetting to check out our moorings for Sunday.  We'll be in the company of Hazell Nut and Orlando (a bit of 'tideway talent' there) and also Swingbridge 2 and Mr David who are quite new to the experience of the tideway. We estimate Limehouse at about 15:30 - well in time for the briefing (and evening meal) in the Cruising Association at 19:00.

Current plan for Friday morning is to West India Dock via the Limehouse Link and Bow Creek (assuming enough water) otherwise it will be via Limehouse Lock and round past the O2 Arena.  Friday evening another briefing.

Saturday will be scrutineering in West India and the arrival of my friend Trevor Skoyles to complete the crew.

I'll hopefully be able to update this blog with what actually happens when we are there.  

1 comment:

  1. Good luck - hope it all goes well. We'll wave from Chelsea bridge!
    Phil & Carol