River and Canal Cruising

29 August, 2014

Our blog is a little late due to the busy season!

Since Henley Regatta we spent the rest of July on the River Thames between Caversham and Abingdon. What beautiful weather we have had! The only relief was the few brief showers we had. The river was generally quite quiet apart from Henley. As usual the lock-keepers were helpful doing their sterling work.

Lock on the River ThamesAs ever, we passed magnificent properties of various ages and sizes, noticing some where the builders were at work from the flooding earlier in the year. The scenery changes all the time but always lusciously green with plenty of wild flowers and trees.

After the Thames, we spent 4 weeks on the Kennet and Avon Canal, venturing over to Bath. It is a beautiful route but made difficult and slow going due to the overgrown vegetation and moored boats, sometimes in the most peculiar places. We had guests with us the whole time on the K&A, so had valuable assistance on the Caen Hill flight in both directions. It was hot one way and wet the other, but good fun for all.Caen Hill Flight near Devizes

Our Australian guests from Bath to Devizes were thrilled to visit the birthplace of Admiral Arthur Phillip in Bath.  He had commanded the First Fleet to Australia in 1788 where he founded Sydney. He was born in Bath and is buried in St. Nicholas Church, Bathampton, close to the canal. “This is the highlight of our European trip” they said, almost in tears.

We are now back on the River Thames until mid September, enjoying watching our guests faces when they see some of the sights. We are pleased to hear guests chatter at dinner of their day travelling or visiting.  Some of the guests have brought their dogs along too. We enjoyed meeting Paddy the guide dog, also Freddie and Bertie.  All were good friends with Bonnie, who looks forward to seeing them again next year.

Duty calls so it’s back to the galley for now!

 

 

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