After a couple of weeks at home attending to the mundane matters of having a house and two adult but dependant children we couldn’t wait any longer and cast off under bleak and cloudy skies.
There is always a sense of excitement as we leave the marina not quite knowing where we will end up or what we will be doing from day to day. At one time or another in our lives, this lack of certainty or safety would have been an anathema, but from where we are now it is perfect.
Although cloudy, the rain that was forecast was holding off. That was until we approached Shepperton Lock, which necessitates Nicola having to walk around to the bow (front of the boat) and prepare to throw a line (rope) around a bollard in the lock. She had just got to the pointy end and the heavens opened. From my position inside the warm, dry wheelhouse it didn’t look great out there! But someone has to steer the boat!
Unfortunately of the 5 locks we passed through, we were met with the same pattern of weather at four of them. A lovely cruise followed by a downpour just as we approached the locks. *Note to self – might be a good idea to offer to teach Nicola how to drive into locks*
We managed to secure a lovely mooring at Windsor, one we have been on before. Lovely views of the castle, dog walking straight off the boat and plenty to see on one of the busier reaches on the non-tidal Thames. We planned a few days of doing not much at all and were treated to an added bonus of the Royal Windsor Triathlon swim going right past Anticus on Sunday morning. One of the things we were looking forward to when planning to get Anticus was mooring somewhere and coming across things we would never have seen ordinarily – this was one of those occasions. Nearly every day we sit back and look at each other and comment on the fact that our dreams are coming true. We are very lucky.
Talking of which, we got an email from one of our readers in France yesterday thanking us for our website “which inspire dreams”. Considering that only just over a year ago, our dreams were just that as we read through blogs and web pages of barge owners and travellers, it was lovely to hear that we are now in the lucky position to be moving people towards realising their dreams.
Anyway, below are some pictures from the last few days. I think we are casting off again in the morning, heading upstream to who knows where?