Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Did I say that there was power available?

Monday 1st June to Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Very sensibly Diane had made the booking for Sunday night and with Monday the day that the museum was closed we could then book for two nights in a row.
I missed these two photographs out from the previous blog...

...as I said then, try the chicken's feet

It was probably fortunate that we did have the two nights - well at least that gave Diane a completely full day of full power, unlimited water, a fully functioning washing machine - 5 loads later, everything has been washed through the conventional cycle that she uses - luckily I was busy or else that heavy-duty cycle might have been invoked after she had pushed me into the machine.

We did start the day with a walk, leaving the boat at about 6:30am - it truly is the best time of the day for a walk - the streets are virtually empty - of both cars and pedestrians and we could more-or-less wander aimlessly.

It however didn't stop Diane from finding a decent caf where we decided on the breakfast menu for two - and really quite nice.

This of course set Diane up with the needed energy for the aforementioned busy washing day.

Later in the day whilst Casa-de-washhouse was still in action I did some further discovery of the area east from the basin - for a couple of hours.

The wind had started to come up as forecast and so it was a bit of battening down the hatches and keep things on the roof.

The beauty about the mooring is that it is fantastically quiet there - it did give us a chance to listen to the wind swirling around.

The following morning we had to be away by 10am - our agreed time to leave.
The wind was still up but we were looking to make it down to Limehouse Basin, and with 8 locks and 5 miles we couldn't be hanging around.

The problem with cruising in the London area is that you cruise at a slower rate because for the multitude of moored boats; the locks are heavy and usually have the gates left open, so after 3 hours and finding a suitable mooring spot at Mile End we both said it at the same time and quickly moved in and moored up.
Just a small section of crowded moorings.

The rest of the day was spent with the tennis and then watching the highlights of New Zealand levelling the Test series.

Tomorrow - well we will wait and see what happens - if there are mooring in Limehouse we might stay or if not we will move further along; but it has been our experience in our time aboard that things do change and especially when you least expect it.

4 Miles, 6 Locks, 1 Tunnel
YTD: 399 Miles, 217 Locks, 10 Tunnels, 2 Lift Bridges, 11 Swing Bridges

Totals: 3293 Miles, 2338 Locks, 108 Tunnels, 36 Lift Bridges, 162 Swing Bridges

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