Rather later than we had intended we pulled back from our mooring at Pyrford Marina and set off about 15.20:
|Pulling back from our mooring at Pyrford|
On Saturday morning we made a leisurely start, walking the short distance into Weybridge town to do some shopping, chiefly for some bits we thought would be useful on Leo. Armed with some storage boxes, drill bits, a shower tidy and a plastic step for the stern deck, we returned and set off around 10.30. All too soon we were through Thames Lock and saying goodbye to the friendly lock keeper there. Out onto the huge Thames we turned our bow downstream. Below Sunbury lock we joined a cavalcade of glassfibre cruisers all nose to tail around a circular course. The crews were dressed immaculately in suits and ties with handy glasses of wine and champagne at the ready. This was an annual event for the boat club concerned but we were perplexed at the fascination of travelling one behind the other on a short circular course. We were invited to join but declined on the basis we were improperly dressed for the occasion.
Helen's cousin, Nina, joined us from her house nearby as we stopped for lunch at East Molesey. This is the second time Nina has been aboard Leo with her dog Rastus. We always enjoy her visits and have promised to call her in a week or so when we plan to return this way with Pas Mèche.
More entertainment came with the passage through Molesey Lock. One light cruiser became stranded on the lock side as the level dropped. No-one on board seemed to notice but the lock keeper did and raised the level again as he walked over to talk to them. Another small cruiser had on board 9 young and fairly drunk men. One jumped on board demolishing the small cross trees. The lock keeper was phoning ahead as we came out of the lock to warn colleagues of this crowd.
We moored for the night on the Kingston side of the river half a mile or so upstream of the bridge.
|View from our overnight mooring - do you like the flowers?|
We have now done our preparations for tackling the tidal waters below Teddington including extracting from the bow locker the huge and heavy anchor and tying this on ready for action. Let's hope we don't need to use it.