As time pushes on to Nicola’s impending retirement and us casting off from Shepperton Marina for a month on the Thames, it has been a busy few weeks fettling the boat and getting her ship shape and Bristol fashion.
Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of what’s been happening. More posts to follow with more detail of just what we have been up to.
Well, here we are, spring is very nearly sprung, we are dusting off Anticus, and starting to prepare for a new year of cruising which will culminate with us crossing the Channel on board our Piper Barge.
By way of breaking you gently into our blog this year, here are a couple of videos – one for the tech geeks, and one for the less esoteric amongst us.
Phew! What a busy weekend for us in Henley. Actually to be fair, it was a busy week, what with all the cleaning prior to showing off our boat to potential Piper customers.
Tuesday – arrive in Henley, pressure wash the boat
Wednesday – inflate dinghy, charge electric outboard, go for a spin – fall in !!
Thursday – searching Henley for a new phone! Clean inside of boat
Friday – see Thursday!
Kingston Bridge. A bit easier to negotiate than Henley
The weekend was splendid though. Met some lovely folk who reminded us of ourselves over the last few years on our journey towards owning a Piper Barge.
We also have a lovely mooring
After the weekend was over we had a delicious BBQ with a few of the boats remaining for Sunday night. On Monday we moved on, just not very far. In fact just the other side of Henley Bridge, where we moored up (about half a mile!) and were joined soon after by Joie de Vivre, Elysium and Eadlin, all Pipers that had been at the show and obviously had the same idea as us! Great minds huh?
We finished our stay with a meal at The Square, an unmissable Portuguese restaurant in Henley, listening to the many tales of Len, the skipper of Elysium. A former Thames waterman, black cab driver, pub owner and so Cockney he probably cooked jellied eels, but now a proper bon viveur.
Anyway, onwards and forwards. Heading to Marlow today.
After a brief hiatus in our cruising as Nicola’s work got in the way of our pleasure, we set off today on a calm River Thames under bright blue skies. Heading for one of our favourite moorings in Windsor on our way to Henley.
In case you are wondering about the cryptic title to this update, it is to do with Henley. More specifically where we first saw Piper barges up close and personal.
Every year Piper’s organise a get together of their recent barges on the Thames at Temple Island, Henley. Here owners get odd bits of work done by the attendant engineers, and in return open their boats up to the mass hoards of potential purchasers.
This will be our fourth visit, but, importantly, the first with Anticus. It really is a return of sorts for us. From the first seed sewn in 2014 when we stepped on board Alphi, owned by Phil and (you’ve probably guessed) Alison, through design, build and launch, we are SO excited to be proudly showing our pride and joy off.