We had some very useful help on our journey today. Family relations Catherine, Oscar and Abby came with us for a cruise down to Limehouse Basin.
We had a very peaceful night on the Kings Cross moorings.
At the Islington tunnel we waited for a boat to come through in the other direction and it just happened to be a working ‘moty’ and butty (‘Fazeley’) and a great treat for all of us to see.
Abby got stuck into the first lock, using all her strength to lift the paddle – but she did it!
As we passed by we were saluted(with paddles) by a colourful class of school pupils as they prepared to be launched into the water with their canoes down a very steep slide.
Catherine, Oscar, Abby and James laughing off the chilly weather we experienced today.
This is Catherine, using what little weight she has, to close a lock gate. She’s wearing Doug’s coat as it was so cold!
A blurry picture of lunchtime ‘on the hoof’.
As we had a bit of time before Catherine, Oscar and Abby had to return home, we passed straight through Limehouse Basin and up the Limehouse Cut to have a look at the Olympic site. On route we passed through Old Ford Lock, beside which the “Big Breakfast” house still stands (now a private dwelling). You can see the Olympic Stadium very close behind it.
Having winded at the junction with Hertfordshire Union Canal we started back towards Limehouse, getting a great view of the Olympic Stadium on our return journey.
This is Abby and Oscar skilfully operating the powered gates and paddles of Old Ford Lock.
Catherine, Oscar and Abby left us to go home when we got back to Limehouse. It was great that they were able to join us today, and thanks guys for all the help. Both Abby and Oscar had a chance to steer the boat and both were exceptionally quick to pick up the technique. Well done both of you!
After they left we breasted up with nb ‘Tranquillity’ in the basin. Dave and Maureen were our neighbours for a while at Paddington and tomorrow they are joining us with their boat to go up the tidal Thames through London. We hope for good weather!