I had a really good night’s sleep than goodness after the last few nights. I don’t think I woke up once!
We left Thames Court and into Shepperton Lock. The EA ran a best kept lock competition for two years in 2011 and 2012 and Steve Newman won it both times – they haven’t run it since!! Victoria went to school with Steve’s youngest son, Ross, and that was 25 years ago so I don’t know how long he has been there for. Steve’s wife was the first person to open a café at a lock and there were all sorts of ructions but she stuck it out and now it seems strange not to find one at a lock.
We went under the new bridge at Walton and what a lovely bridge it is too. When I lived at Shepperton there was the old stone bridge which was used by pedestrians and a Bailey bridge for cars. There were always queues in the rush hour and was a real bottle neck. I hope the new bridge has solved that problem. They are also building a café at the bridge which should be nice – there was always a caravan or similar there but a proper structure will be very popular, I’m sure.
We had hoped to call in at Walton Marina to go the chandlery but there was no mooring whatsoever – their loss!!
I have managed to get a mooring for 3 nights at Constables Boatyard in Hampton while we visit Richard’s step-daughters and their off-spring. Constables is owned by friends of Penny and Jim who I met whilst motor cruising with P & J. Angie and Keith were on many of the Chichester Yacht Club cruises and also at social functions and Angie and I have been Facebook friends for some time. Thank you so much Angie, Keith and James – their son who now runs the boatyard.
We had a lovely afternoon with Sophie, Ollie (two of Richard’s step daughters), Sophie’s youngest Rex, Ollie’s son Orlando and Ollie’s husband Charlie. It was decided that a toddler and a crawler weren’t really conducive with a narrowboat in a boatyard so we all went to Ollie’s. We had a lovely afternoon and the two little boys are just scrumptious!
|Rex and Orlando|
We picked up our car from Fay’s (R’s other step daughter) so we are now mobile until we leave on Saturday. We made good use it and took a quick trip to Homebase and then picked up a take-away.