Although this blog is about boating on the Thames, I'm going to include a story I wrote about boating on the Burgundy Canal in my RichmondReview blog. You see... one of the reasons we bought the barge is because we're thinking of doing 'the French thing' in a few years time. So our holiday was a bit of a recce. I know that to
compare is to despair, but I have to be honest and say that boating on
the Burgundy Canal is pretty boring compared to boating on the Thames.
And the 12 days we spent on the Canal between Tonnerre and Montbard in June were
probably our worst holiday ever. The fact that it rained every day
didn't help. And we had problems with our 'luxury' hire boat. I say
luxury in inverted commas because the boat smelt damp and musty, parts
of it were downright dirty and brown duvet covers have never been
synonymous with luxury to me (I was hoping for crisp, white cotton
sheets and plump, lavender scented pillows). Back to the problems: a
I've spent the last few months looking for one of these: a self hammering mooring stake. Because when we're mooring along the bank and Mr J wants me to secure the bow rope as quickly as possible, the stake and mallet option sometimes takes too long. Plus it's hard work. So when some friends showed me their self hammering stakes, I decided to get one. But first I had to find them. My friends couldn't remember where they'd got theirs from and our local chandleries had never heard of them. So it was over to google. After hours searching the internet and cross referencing different key words, I came across a few forums that mentioned automatic mooring stakes. The good news was that the descriptions matched what I had in mind. The bad news was that apparently they didn't exist any more. Undeterred I kept looking and discovered that Viking Marine in Goole used to stock them. So I picked up the phone and spoke to a lovely lady called Sue. There was more good news an…
There are five sounds that say 'the Thames' to me:
1. The whoop whoop whoop of the swans as they take flight.
2. The (endless) honking of the Canada geese, especially when you're trying to have a lie-in.
3. The growl of bow and stern thursters in the locks and when boats are mooring up.
4. The 'kerchoomf' sound of rowing blades driving through the water (again, usually at the crack of dawn when you're trying to have a lie-in)
5. The ting, ting, ting of mooring pins as they're being driven into the bank with a mallet.