After our three day lock marathon, we had a pretty uneventful, almost lock free two day run down to Bull’s Bridge and on to the Paddington Arm. On our way through Little Venice we spotted this!
A free mooring space in Little Venice is so rare that I had to take a photograph. We needed to take water and were hoping to get into Paddington so we let this one go. I’ve no doubt that it was quickly snapped up! We were lucky this time at Paddington and managed to get ourselves into more or less the last mooring in the basin – right beside the rolling bridge.
Ellie would be joining us later that evening so, in the meantime, we set out to have a look around. We’d received instructions from friends Paul and Elaine that a visit to The Victoria, 15 minutes walk from the boat, was a must.
On our way back they were opening Tower Bridge for the passage of a Thames Sailing Barge.
After a quick nap back at the boat we were ready to go and meet Ellie, whose train was due into Paddington at 11.45. Obviously it’s at this time of night that non emergency maintenance gets done. We whiled away our waiting time watching these remote control cherry pickers being manoeuvred into position, ready for a night’s work.
The previous day had been beautifully sunny, and Friday started out the same.
We managed to pick up some lock buddies for a few of the locks, which made life a bit easier.
By the eighth lock the good weather finally deserted us, as did our cruising buddies, and the heavens opened! We retreated back into the boat and peered out while it absolutely chucked down with associated thunder and lightening. When the weather let up a bit we carried on working the lock. Trouble was the storm wasn’t finished with us. It then proceeded to send down enormous balls of ice. They hurt! Still, it didn’t take long to clear and the sun was soon out again.
We carried on through the last four locks and managed to find a spot in Limehouse Basin, all ready for the next day’s trip. Limehouse is a great mooring with a nighttime view of which I will never tire.