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.

Friday, 31 August 2012

Godalming to Byfleet

A lovely trip down from Godalming to Byfleet with friends yesterday.

A bit of a challenge between Unstead and St Catherine's locks as the water level was about 12 inches down due to some unannounced run-off of water to facilitate the repairs to the Riff Raff weir (so named  because of the 'Riff Raff' type of people who constructed the weir in the mid 1700s).  The weir at St Catherine's was pulling very strongly, the clearance under Broadford Bridge increased by 12 inches and the bottom was just too close to the top.

At St Catherine's I ran into my old Personnel Manager from BA days - so nice to see you George and renew the friendship.

A discussion with the National Trust showed they were unaware that the run-off of water had effected navigation to such an extent.

Moored very peacefully last night outside Byfleet Boat Club.

1 comment:

  1. So that's why it's called the Riff Raff Weir! I have often wondered. How did you learn that?

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