Sunday, 19 June 2016

Bye bye


IMG_5765It was with great sadness that today we had to leave our good friends and travelling companions Rich and Sharon on Nb Oakapple. We have spent many weeks cruising together and have enjoyed every minute of their company . They have decided to have another month on the Thames while we will head back up to Oxford and back onto the canals again. Enjoy the Thames you two and we look forward to meeting up again later in the year…….    PS   I will surely miss that lovely old smokey and noisy vintage Gardner engine in Nb Oakapple…….Ha ha

IMG_5800We have never seen so many LLAMAS Alpaca’s .There were thousands of them..Alpacas are considerably smaller than llamas, and unlike llamas, they are not bred to be beasts of burden, but are bred specifically for their Wool. Alpaca Wool is used for making knitted and woven items. These items include blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves and can command a very high price.

IMG_5818This was a first for us. Apparently this is a Sand Martin nest box . It looked to be about 12 feet long and a couple of feet wide and I have a sneaky suspicion that it’s filled with sand.

IMG_5814How about one of these at the bottom of your garden. What a great place to chill out with a glass or three while sitting above the River Thames.

IMG_5831There are some very impressive weirs at many of the locks and with the flows high as they are now you have to give it plenty of throttle when approaching some of the lock landings

IMG_5841We spent the night above Benson lock on the visitor moorings. We arrived at 17.45 when a lock keeper should have been on duty and taken our £5 mooring fee , but it was on self service with no lockie in sight. We intend on an early start in the morning so it will be such a shame not to see the lockie and pay our mooring fee . (not) !!

                                                                                        Happy Days

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