Friday 5 July 2013

Nostalgia overload

Bright and sunny with a few fluffy clouds. We are moored downstream from Molesey weir. The water here is deep and lively which causes the boat to move a bit and create some strange creaking noises which we will attempt to eliminate this morning, otherwise sleep may be at a premium. Lots of visits by family and friends during the afternoon and evening which was brilliant. So many people to see. By way of nostalgia we opted to eat at our favourite Italian restaurant in Hampton Court overlooking Bushey Park, lafiamma. Whilst enjoying our meal a huge Red Deer stag chose to watch us through the window. Luckily we were not eating venison or we could have felt guilty. The photo below is of Garrick's Shakespeare Temple and in the foreground "Astoria", a houseboat built in 1913 at a cost of £1million (at today's exchange rate) ,but was more recently purchased by Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour and used as a recording studio for "A momentary Lapse of reason"and "The Division Bell" albums (Pink Floyd's) and Dave's own "On an island". Dave once gave me a friendly wave as I rowed by, my only claim to fame. We toodled off to Kingston Upon Thames this morning to top-up with diesel and replace the rope broken in the sandbank debacle. A sleepy afternoon out of the hot sun is planned.

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