A few weeks ago I contacted the company that was dealing with the reservations for the Rembrandt Gardens moorings in Little Venice ,London. There are 2 moorings on the end of the gardens so if you are lucky enough to get one you are guaranteed a mooring in the capital. I never expected to be offered one and when the reply came back that we had been given a week we were both well pleased.
The decision was made that the night before we went into London we would moor above Cowley lock and then have an early start ,fill with water and get rid of waste at the lock and then make the near six hour journey into London.
After pulling pins at 07.10 and then filling with water we eventually dropped down Cowley lock at 07.40. Its then not far before we turn off the Grand Union canal at Bulls bridge and onto the the Paddington arm of the canal and a straight lock free run into London.
The running of the Rembrandt Garden moorings has now been taken over by Canal and River Trust. I'm not sure how it worked before ,but we got a message just after 12.00 from them to say the mooring was empty and ready for us to use.They even told us the name of the other boat on the mooring next to us.
With the mooring being on a bit of a curve we had to leave the
arse stern end sticking out to get the bow in . All settled in and Carolyn is itching to hit the shops. I guess I wont be seeing much of her for a day or three.