A mind bending mooring and a stop-over in Reading

It was a long day’s steaming for us last Thursday when we moved from Windsor to Sonning Lock. On the way we passed through Henley where they were setting up for the Rewind – The 80s Festival. Their glamping facilities certainly looked first class – I loved the sunflower solar panels!

GlampingRewindWe moored up outside Uri Geller’s house just before Sonning Lock, for which he charges £10 a night. Andy went out for an evening walk and met the man himself who went to great pains to explain that the fees all go to an animal charity.

MooringSonningCourtWe were moored right beside this girder – bent by the power of the mind…

20140815_081330…which Andy and Sue seemed to find most amusing.

BentGirderSonning Lock is the prettiest we’ve seen on The Thames with a wonderfully vibrant flower display.

InSonningLockHere we (briefly) parted company with Andy and Sue as we needed to go right into Reading to pick up a prescription. Repeat prescriptions can be a nightmare when you live a nomadic lifestyle. I’ve figured out a way to cope, albeit slightly cumbersome! Work out where you’ll be in 5 or so days’ time, find a chemist there (generally Boots) who are willing to accept a prescription posted from my surgery in Cornwall, send a stamped envelope addressed to the said chemist to the surgery, phone the surgery to order the prescription and let them know that there’s an SAE on the way, phone the chemist to let them know that the prescription’s on its way, turn up at the chemist 4 or 5 days later to pick up the medication. Not exactly easy but it works.

From our last stay in Reading we remembered a lovely lunch we had in a cafe that does vegetarian Indian street food – the Bhel Puri House attached to the George Hotel in the centre of Reading. The food is amazing and cheap! On this visit we had a house platter each and were presented with a feast.

LunchBhelPuriIf you find yourself in Reading it’s well worth a visit.

After Reading we met up again with Sue and Andy and are now happily cruising towards the head of navigation of the Thames at Lechlade.





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