Saturday, August 06, 2011

Moving into London

We turned on to the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union canal at Bulls Bridge 13 miles from the centre of London and stopped at Southall where the canal is still green and quiet. The shade under the trees welcome on one of the hottest days of the year reaching 30 c. Next day Terry n Myra moved off early heading into London. After breakfast we followed.

The first 6 miles were quite enjoyable, remaining tree lined and rural.

But then it became depressing with all the weed and rubbish. The trees replaced by tower blocks and factories. Then we slowed to a crawl as the prop picked up submerged plastic bags and rope. "I just had to beach the bow on the shallow edge and deal with the problem in the weed hatch." We were lucky to get on without picking up more rubbish in the disgusting state of the canal. It is looking like green grass with floating plastic bottles on top. We got our water tank topped up on the way.
Terry reported that Paddington Basin was full and on the way out they were lucky to find a space in Little Venice.

When we arrived we just moored along side. Surprisingly a 14 day mooring here in the City of Westminster, W2. Another day of heat while we got used to the environment and explored as other boats arrived.

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