Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday lunch I got a call form my sister to say they where on there way down to see me on there boat.
They tied up by the bridge and we went to the Broadface for dinner.
Picture taken from the bridge.
The food in there is excellent and the wine selection is pretty good. I would recommend it to anyone. We wondered back to the boat to let the dog out and continue with the wine drinking. I had to get a cab home as the walk would have been twice as long as usual hic!
After a rather lazy morning I caught up with Valonia after going for lunch, we thought we might do some foraging for sloes however it still a bit early in the season yet, I might have to drink gin just with tonic for now. Note to self must buy gin and tonic as have neither. Oh well will sticjk to the wine I suppose, its a hard life
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
The day started with a quick drink, you can't start the day on a dry stomach and a clear head, so a quick G&T to help the day off( there is a drinking theme through the dsay so take it as read that more alcohol was consumed)
The first one of the day
We got a minibus into Twickenham and hit the pub, it was a great ice breaker as I was with some people I had not met before. It was a small world as two came from my part of the world. Jo one of the girls even try to matchmake me with one of her friends.
When we got the stadium it was just such a sight,all the people, the food and beer stands. The game was poor but the whole experience was great.
Even in the bar afterwards, French and english where chatting away and the music playing was helped by several hundred people singing along,awesome.
A quick return to the pub for a refreshment and where the minibus was picking us up from.
We finished the day off with a curry. All in all apart from the actual result in the rugby, it was a brillant day.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
As a side piece to the pain of lack of food and no pub.
My fellow companions had brought these small walky talkies. Bloody hell they are annoying, they have this whining call button to attract your attention and to make it worse all they did was chatter. Except that did not talk clearly so all they said "Eh what was that, say it again". I was not sure who or what i was going to throw in the river first.
We had to work the lock ourselves at Sandford as the lock keeper had knocked off duty(it was well past 7pm). However he did come out and say where we could tie up safely for the night and we had a chin wag about the conditions in Oxford and about the boat that sank by Folly bridge.
It has been a while since I have boated for pleasure( and at work for that matter), but it was nice to see Old Father Thames again, but also appreciate how tricky he can make things if he wants to
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
We (me and the bloke) where looking at setting up a web site to fulfil both needs. A notice board where people can put request for crew or where other can offer their services, in my case keep me in beer and bacon sarnies and I am quite happy. It would also be nice to have crew, as the Thames on your own can be quite tricky (but not impossible). It would be nice to meet a nice lady whether plutonic or otherwise to crew with and also to help out my mate to find a lady who does not find the whole concept of a narrow boat as a long shoe store rather as a great way of life.
Question are these sort of sites already up and running, if not, how do you go about setting up one. Don’t you need something called a domain; I must admit I don't have much of a clue. Can anyone help?
To top things of the weather is improving and I have a long weekend off, I have chance to crew for nb The Greenman and the river is still flowing much to fast. Lots of knashing of teeth this end, once on the canals all will be well. knash knash.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
In contrast next door was the modern, Mercedes-benz world.It holds a vast collection of the new cars as well as vast collection of old photographs from the 1910's when racing was at it height. It also had some classic cars there as well
To make the day complete we found a cracking pub in Benson, called the Three Horseshoe's the beer was fab the food was great and it was a lovely atomsphere in there. 4 stars, never could be 5 now unless they have an alt smoking area which is friendly and inviting. Back to Europe for that as they ignore everything.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Another sight to be hold was all the fire crews and ambulances helping people off their boats that where stranded. To top it off their was about three TV crews filming there. I managed to watch three different news programmes all being filmed on Abingdon bridge.
I had to do a loo run. I got three loos in the back of the car. This had to be moved by row boat across the car park. Then i drove to Goring lock and emptied there. I carried them back across by using a rope andattaching them together and letting them float across behind.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
I am also worried I am working this weekend and it going to rain and rain and rain. 4 inches in 36 hours oh my, i could be busy this weekend, as i am on duty just to top it off, joy. It is also the Thames Traditional boat rally@ Henley
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
Not much has happened Xmas and new year came and went. I am looking forward to the summer again but not the extra hours. Except for HRR which was so much fun last year.