Monday, 4 September 2017

The Final Push to Pyrford and Home.

Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th September 2017 in Pyrford Marina.
A special treat for our friend Soo was one of R's special "Smiley" breakfasts.
Even the swans were in a flirtatious mood this morning. As usual, every time they did the "heart" shape with their necks, the camera was not to hand or they were facing the wrong way. Drat!
In one of the locks, MM picked up this huge log on her bows and R retrieved it to a round of applause from the other boaters in the lock.
Windsor Castle makes a splendid view across Home Park.
Runnymead Lock celebrates its connection with the Magna Carta with this large sign painted on the lock house wall.
The fine weather finally came to an end as we turned off the Thames on to the Wey Navigation and entered Thames Lock.
Almost immediately is Town Lock with its very intimidating right-angle entrance...
And the very low bridge just before the lock gates. It doesn't make the most attractive start to this waterway but the surroundings become more attractive as you head south.
We moored up for the night outside the Pelican Pub and Soo generously treated us to dinner in the pub before we retired.

We had heard, somewhat to our alarm, that the builder for our house extension is starting this morning - two weeks earlier than we were expecting! Good job that we had already booked MM into Pyrford Marina.
We cruised the few miles to Pyrford, moored up M, walked the towpath to Byfleet Station and took the train home. The train journey took three hours (instead of less than an hour) as South West Trains was in chaos with all trains running over an hour late and one train to Waterloo being announced every five minutes for half an hour as departing from Platform 5, when it had actually already left!
Soo said that she'd had the most wonderful time and it was a pleasure to have her on board.
In a couple of weeks we will be back on MM as they will knock down our old kitchen and bathroom and cut off the water and drains - so please watch this space.
Two days: 17 miles, 11 locks and 7.9 hours.
Trip: 318 miles, 295 locks and 203.1 hours.

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