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 September 2013

Moving Leo No2 back to Stoke Bruerne (Day 1)

The Autumn colours are coming but
they will be better in a week or so
For all of its life so far, in my ownership and Mick's and Suzanne's Leo No2 has been resident on the Wey, then the Basingstoke and then the Wey again. With my move to Stoke Bruerne the time has come to move Leo No2 to close to my new home and to that end will end up in Blisworth Marina.

I was hopeful that friends may be able to help crew with me up the GU to Yardley Gobion where Leo No2 has her periodic appointment with the 'bottom blacker' but it wasn't possible to fit things in with moving off the Wey at the end of September and the appointment in Yardley Gobion so I changed my mind after consultations with friends and am taking the more circuitous route up the Thames and the Oxford and 'over the top' through Wigram's Turn, Braunston, Blisworth and Stoke Bruerne.  The narrow locks of the Oxford and the 'operated for you' locks on the Thames are very appealing so it was that this morning I set sail from Weybridge, having spent the night on the wall and find myself tonight in Cliveden Deeps just down stream of Cookham Lock.  I don't think that's too bad for one day single-handed.

I was surprised how quiet the Thames is both in terms of flow of water and number of boats - it is almost as easy going upstream and it is down!

If anyone is interested I timed the lock movements and the times between the locks and the results are below.

Miles: 22 (22)
Locks: 9 (9)

Lock In Out Time In Time Between
Shepperton 09:00 09:10 00:10
Chertsey 09:55 10:05 00:10 01:05 01:05
Penton Hook 10:35 10:50 00:15 00:55 02:00
Bell Weir 11:30 11:40 00:10 01:05 03:05
Old Windsor 12:25 12:50 00:25 01:20 04:25
Romney 13:40 13:55 00:15 01:30 05:55
Boveney 14:30 14:35 00:05 00:55 06:50
Bray 15:20 15:35 00:15 01:05 07:55
Boulters 16:05 16:10 00:05 00:50 08:45
08:45

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