Teddington to Bulls Bridge

Trip Start Apr 29, 2009
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Trip End Oct 01, 2009


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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Despite the wet forecast, we had another mostly dry day. By 7am we were waiting with lifejackets on and engines running, and we entered the lock a few minutes later. The tidal run to Brentford is very picturesque, passing Ham House, imposing Richmond, Victorian Richmond Lock, Syon House and Kew Gardens, before the junction with the Grand Union Canal. We entered the lock with Ian and Betty on Miffy and thankfully the rain stayed away for our journey through the twelve locks to Bulls Bridge.

We had one incident, where Gabriel had moored at the bottom of the main flight of six locks at Hanwell. James and Ian had opened the gates, and Miffy was moving into the lock. Hazel untied Gabriel's bow rope and quite suddenly a lot of water started rushing out of a culvert, pushing the boats bows across the river, so strongly that Hazel couldn't hold the rope. A passing cyclist provided the necessary assistance to keep control. James had to return to the boat to hold the rope while Hazel went to the stern to steer the boat into the lock. Using distraction as an excuse, James then forgot to lower the gate paddle, so that as the lock started to fill, the water rushed out at the bottom again. He felt better when Ian did just the same thing two locks further up.

This lock flight is fascinating, with an old Victorian asylum alongside. We arrived without further incident at Bulls Bridge, in Hayes, where there were many boats waiting to go to Little Venice. James had some help and spent some time trying to make his new dongle work, with only limited success. This is a device which enables a laptop to connect to the internet. Without this there will be no blog.

We noticed with a little concern that the light on our fridge was flashing, indicating that the boat domestic batteries are low. They are near the end of their life and probably need replacing.
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