Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Nine hour Cruise

We were in need of water and a pump out so we decided to leave early this morning and go back to Bovney Lock to get it sorted.. In fact we left Matty in bed and left at 6.30am.. We managed to get pumped out and then had some breakfast when Matty surfaced..
We headed back to Windsor and as we pulled into the lock we met up with Bill and Jane again on w.b. Lazybones..
We followed  them up through Runnymede and the next three or four locks to Staines where we departed and Matty said goodbye to Georgia and Faith..
Our plan was to do a long day today as the weather was so good so we pushed on towards Weybridge..
It was all going so well we carried on, even through the locks when they were at self service, in fact Matty pushed the buttons to get us through....

Matty then took the tiller and to be fair he did a good job and soon got the hang of Derwent6. He steered for about three miles and even did a few bridges, well done mate!
We got a well deserved Ice Cream
It has been very quiet going downstream on the Thames, but it seemed busy going upstream..
Al phoned Brentford to get a booking for us to do the tidal bit of the Thames and we managed to get a early morning booking, so we had a 6.30am booking at Teddington.. We managed to get to Kingston in the end and found a nice mooring we just managed to get into..
Matty soon had the fishing rod out.

Al walked into town and picked up something for dinner which we had with a film Matty wanted to watch.. Phew its been a long day and we have an early start, lets hope we don't have too hot a night..

Slides and Bubbles

We were up at 5.00am with a horrific thunder storm and we had to put the glass in the portholes in exchange for the flyscreens we had in. We also had to shut the side doors which we had open to get some air in..
We surfaced in the morning at 8.00pm and it was still raining hard, we had had a lot of water but the levels in the Thames hadn't risen much, strange!
Al had a train to get as she was meeting her Dad at Denmark Hill as he was going to have a check up on his tumours and he should get the results later this week.. Matty and Del watched a DVD while Matty stayed in bed. At 11.00am they got their swimming stuff ready and walked first to meet up with Georgia and Faith on w.b. Lazybones. Del then took them all to Windsor Leisure centre.
They spent nearly three hours in the pool playing games of hide and seek and chase..
While we were in there Jane from w.b. Lazybones came over and offered us all a buffet meal for lunch and we all went round for a lovely bite to eat on their lovely boat.. After a long chat they offered to take Matty and the girls to a water bubble park where you are in a bubble of air on water, Matty loved it..
On his return we had snacks and chilled in the evening with more films.. It was an early night for us all as it might be an early start in the morning..

Monday, July 28, 2014

Speed boats and Fishing, it will make you Drone

Well the day started with a load of runners waking us up on a fun run along the Thames.
It had been another warm night and the sun was out again, but it was just a bit cooler, it was quite nice really.
We then had some breakfast and Matty was soon ready for some fishing and the net came out. The guy on the boat behind us got his fishing rod out as well and was soon helping Matty on the front of his boat.
This guy was 85 and jumping around like a 50 year old, amazing!  He offered Matty a trip in his dinghy but he didn't quite fancy it and we didn't want him to do it on his own.. Matty couldn't wait till his friend Georgia was out and soon asked the two girls if they fancied a boat trip.. With a watchful eye they all went out, first in the backwaters...
 Matty loved it and was allowed to steer.
They then went out onto the Thames and were having so much fun..
A big thank you to Dick for taking them all out, he is such a nice fella..
Afterwards the girls went swimming in the Thames and it wasn't long before Matty was in with them..
They then played in the back waters jumping in and swimming and doing a bit of net fishing.
They managed to catch three fish, while Del watched the Grand Prix.

In the evening we were all sitting out in the cratch when a guy turned up with a drone. This is like a helicopter with six rotors and looked a very expensive bit of kit with cameras on it..
It even had a stand with a tv screen on it, so he could see where it was flying. In fact it cost £1800 which we didn't think was bad. He set it off and went miles till it was just out of sight over the fair ground and we all watched round the screen.
He took some shots low along the river and even went down the side of Derwent6, nearly crashing in the trees...  Check out his Facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/1MindUK?fref=ts 
Anyway Cliff, Matty wants one for Christmas now.. It was a good end to another good day...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A full on day

With Matty on board we were up early, which wasn't a problem as Del likes getting up early anyway, it must be a boy thing.. We had some breakfast and then we got ready to go into town.. Matty hadn't seen the changing of the guards at Windsor so we walked up in the sunshine and got a top spot for him to see it.. He loved it! 
We waited till they did the return trip and then went to the Crooked house and then on to the Museum.
It gives you all the history of Windsor castle and also lots of other interesting things like the longest Brunel bridge and how aeronautics started in Windsor with the first aerial post, and Matty completed the coat of arms in Lego..
We then did a bit of shopping and showed Matty the station and local shops finishing in Waitrose where he wanted to pick up some baking stuff to make our dessert today..
We walked back and Matty did some fishing and made a friend off the boat w.b Lazybones, a wide beam which was at the Crick Boat Show..
They did manage to catch a fish in the nets..
Georgia went swimming in the Thames with her Grandad and Matty was soon over there and jumping in with them.. They were watched very closely by us all and had so much fun..
Afterwards Del watched the Qualifying of the Grand Prix and then we had pizza in the cratch and for our dessert we had Matty's special tart... Mmmm it was lovely with all the trimmings.. and he even had some left to share it with w.b Lazybones..
We then decided to take Matty to the fair and offered to take Georgia, Matty's friend with us..
We all walked down along the Thames past the swans to the fairground and the first shock was how expensive it was.. £2.50 a go on most things and £3.00 for the bumper cars.. 
Still they had a brilliant time going on a few things and their favourites was the bumper cars and the Ghost train..
They also both came away with a few prizes.. 
We got back to Derwent6 at 10.00pm and then sat out in the warm air till Matty was yawning and ready for bed.. "I am just loving this trip" he kept saying..

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Returning Crew via Maccy D's

We were up early and Al got the 10.20am train down to Kent.  She was going down to see her Mum and Dad and also to pick up our new guest.. She went out with her Dad in the afternoon and then he took her to the station. There she met up with Del's brother Cliff and Matthew, one of the boys.. Al then brought him back to Derwent6 and Del met them in Windsor at MacDonald's of course. Matty was in his element..
We then went to the pub and sat outside as Matty loves watching the planes coming into Heathrow, then it was back to Derwent6. Matty soon had the fishing net out as well as drawing the different planes landing overhead..

Till the next time!

We had a lay in this morning and were woken by the planes landing at Heathrow going right over the castle..  It was another nice warm day and we sat out in the cratch with breakfast.. We were soon met by Sue and Vic who said they were making a move after taking the girls for a walk.. They stopped and had a cup of tea with us and we reminisced about last night and the laugh we had!!
  We said our goodbyes and waited for them to go past us..
Thanks again for a lovely couple of days.....
We then watched some of the Commonwealth Games and then Del went out on his bike to work off some of the beer drunk.. In the evening we were going out but had a few lads hanging round Derwent6 so decided to have a great night in..