Okay--so it`s just a Dutch Barge but looking through our bow doors it appears enormous! The rudder was almost three quarters the height of NB Valerie.
These chimneys at the side of the palace are quite fancy. I won`t say much about the Palace as Jaq spent 7.5 hours in there so I feel in the future a book length blog post will materialise.
An American couple from Michigan U.S.A. needed a mooring so we had them breast up to us for the night. The wife had family in England which they visited each year. She bought the hire boat trip for her husband's birthday present, and they washed up next to us. Jaq enjoyed nattering with other Americans.
This is Molesey lock. As in all the Thames river locks we stay on the boat and the lock keeper stands under his sun shade and operates the sluices and lock doors.
This was our first water fill since being on the Thames. A large diameter hose is supplied and with good water pressure our tank is soon filled.
Blog readers Lisa and David out on their boat Water Lark. They stopped by to introduce themselves. We enjoy meeting blog readers and hope to moor up near you one of these days soon and welcome you aboard for a cuppa and slice of cake. Lisa, start a blog because you know you like the idea!
We are also looking forward to meeting up with Alistair--another of our blog readers as we travel onward toward Lechlade, which is as far as one can go on the Thames in a large boat.