A leisurely start then a couple of miles up the river to Send as we were meeting Richard’s step-mother, Susan and her partner John for lunch at the New Inn.
We went up through Papercourt Lock – I love that name. According to the National Trust Papercourt Lock “is one of the prettiest and most remote locks on the waterway, it has a large tumbling bay to cope with the overspill water. The lock was built in 1766 and then moved to the present location in the 1780s, though why it was moved is a mystery. The nearby meadows and pools are important for wildlife, especially waterfowl.” It certainly is pretty.
I was doing some ironing on the way and just finished as we came under Cart Bridge. We were able to moor up right outside the New Inn – the grass had even been mown for us! There was only one other boat outside unlike the Anchor at Pyrford yesterday where all the mooring was taken.
|Outside the New Inn at Send|
I had booked a table inside the pub as the weather forecast for lunchtime wasn’t good. We met Susan and John as we walked into the pub – good timing – though I had to go back to Mary H with gifts from Susan’s garden :-) We had an excellent meal and the service was good too – dogs are also welcome. We then hopped back on Mary H and took Susan and John, along with their dog Zara, up the river through Triggs Lock then winded by Sutton Place, the home of the late J. Paul Getty, who was once the world's richest private citizen - he chose to spend the last 17 years of his life there. Its current owner is the Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov. It was then back down past the New Inn for a mile, winded again and moored up at the pub. After a cup of tea on the bank Susan and John left us and we moved on up the river to a nice spot we had seen earlier. I didn’t have to cook as we had had a lovely lunch :-)
Plus our going nowhere trip!