It’s been a quiet 2 days.. but, food demands are stating we need to get moving – with enough for another night – but that night we want to be near the A34, so that Anna can do some more herbing!
2 locks and just over a mile later.. were moored again 😉
There used to be a firepit here, with a proper stone ring so that you could have a fire and not have to worry about the spread – however; now, no stones and the pit itself has grown over.. ah well.
There are several ways of mooring, as you may have seen from previous posts.. Tie up to rings.. Tie up to the metalwork using chains or “nappy pins”.. here, as there was no way to drive a pin into the hardcore towpath.. I decided to try something different.. ( PLEASE forgive the diagram! 😀 )
Firstly.. we have the concrete, with the occasional gap between the concrete “bricks”.. then we have the solid facia that the boats can bang into.. between those two, there are gaps that a pin can fit though.. so – find a pin with a loop so the pin doesn’t drop all the way through, thread the rope from the boat, through the pin loop.. down in front of the facia, behind the pin and back up, then wrap around the top of the pin and back to the boat.. ( a bit of a “knit one pearl one” 😀 )
In the end, seemed to work really well.. no one can pull the pin up and out, as when the rope is tied, you cant lift it up and out.. and it was fairly solid.. so need to remember that one.. 🙂
Also – looks like it may be “all change” for the mooring on the Thames.. I had this through on email, and I guess we will find out whats happening out there once we can get out there!