'The Maisibert' leaving Denham Marina with Andy at the tiller and 'lookout' Ken.
We left the moorings above Denham Deep Lock on Wednesday to make for Denham Marina with NB 'The Maisibert' where Andy was expecting a delivery of new batteries. Suffice to say things. didn't quite go according to plan due to an oversight by the supplier. This changed Andy and Hilary's plans for the weekend as we should have been in Paddington Basin. However, Andy was given exemplary service by Lorraine and her staff at the Marina. They did all they could to help and were extraordinarily generous enough to give us the use of their private mooring further down the canal until after the weekend, which is where both 'The Maisibert' and 'wilvir' are now moored abreast of each other.
So thank you Denham Marina. Truly five star customer service!
1st Jul 2011, 14:55
It's refreshing just to look and listen to the sights and sounds of a river!
26th Jun 2011, 17:22
Located at the entrance to the Denham Country Park Visitor Centre this sculpture is certainly impressive and commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Colne Valley Regional Park in 2005.
24th Jun 2011, 17:23
1. The MaisiBert (foreground) and wilvir swing gently on their ropes above Denham.
2. The MaisiBert line astern with Ginny and Hilary distracting the skipper.
At 'Ricky' we met up again with Andy, Hilary and Cassie (their dog), who live aboard their narrowboat 'The MaisiBert'. We first met them at Weedon where they had over-wintered. We're now making our way down to Paddington together before going our seperate ways. They've become good friends and are great company.
We're now moored above Denham Deep Lock for a few days while we explore the lakes and footpaths.
23rd Jun 2011, 10:38
Leaving Stokers Lock on the outskirts of Rickmansworth we came across this film crew setting up to shoot the latest Bombardier Beer advertisement. Rik Mayall is in uniform standing next to the barrel on the 'set'.
22nd Jun 2011, 17:46
Roger keeping an eye on 'Brass Razoo' and 'wilvir' as we descend through a lock.
We're now moored just 7.5 miles from London at Rickmansworth Aquadrome having locked down from Berkhamstead/Winkwell on Monday with an overnight stop at Hutton Bridge along the way. There we were treated to dinner at 'The Kingshead' by skipper, Roger Barnes, owner of narrowboat 'Brass Razoo', who had joined us for the journey down the 25 double locks from Berkhamstead to 'Ricky'. An unexpectedly generous gesture for having eased his single-handed workload somewhat. Cheers Roger.
18th Jun 2011, 15:34
On Friday I came across a cherry tree dripping with ripening fruit on a steep narrow lane leading down to the canal. Delicious!
12th Jun 2011, 16:01
I stumbled across this abode amongst the trees bordering the towpath between the canal and the river Bulbourne while out with Gunner.
The gentleman who lived there happened to be sitting in the doorway and as surprised to see me as I him. Surrounded by the clutter of books, paper and cardboard, he told me he'd been happily living there for a couple of years now and was getting along just fine. He also had a very noticeable and impressively bulging assortment of pens in the handkerchief pocket of his jacket, which I was at a loss to imagine what they were all needed for. Similarly, I could make the same observation when it comes to the number of fishing rods I have, so who am I to question? Gunner wagged his tail profusely and made another friend whilst we chatted, then, after a while, we upped and left him to his sun-dappled haven amongst the trees.
Later, as me and Gunner returned to 'wilvir', we passed our new acquaintance walking the towpath in the direction of Berkhampsted with a rucksack on his back and carrying a bag of papers and empty drinking water bottles. That gave me the opportunity to take the photograph you see here. Good health and good luck to you sir, It was a pleasure to meet you.
12th Jun 2011, 09:47