Last night we had a very enjoyable evening in The Jude’s ferry pub, good food and a nice bottle of wine. When we turned in for the night we were the only boat left on the moorings, it was so warm I had to open the side doors and slide.
We stopped on the lock moorings above Isleham Lock as we knew there was nobody coming down stream behind us and went to the marina for a chat with John and Cath. We weren’t away long but when we returned a boat had just come through the lock going upstream.
On leaving the lock the offside gate failed to open fully, it was OK yesterday but playing up last week.
Around this past of the world there are acres of crops grown under sheeting, from a distance it looks like huge lakes.
This converted property had some interesting chimneys made in a twist. My late dad did a lot of brickwork in this stile for different people.Having seen this old mill from the river it wasn’t until I was standing on the roof of the boat to take a photograph that I realised how big the property is, you normally only see the mill tower, the rest is hidden behind the flood bank.
We stopped for water at Prickwillow, all the moorings are empty again now the Bank Holiday is over so we had the place to ourselves. Back on the Gt. Ouse the rowers were out in force well down past the mouth of the Lark. Work is progressing on the railway bridge at Adelaide, it looks as if they are adding electrification gantries so that the line can be electrified.
There were another family of geese with their goslings as we approached Ely, these are the second lot we have seen.
Later we would see our first family of Coots with the parents diving to collect food for their young.
By the time we had reached Ely the rowers were congregating round the boat house, so slow progress was required which gave us a chance to have a word with Balmaha as we passed, but we didn’t really want to overnight in Ely so pushed on.
For a couple of years there has been a wooden cruiser sunk on the Little Thetford moorings, we noticed today that its gone. Last time we were this way they had a barge and piling equipment nearby, so maybe they removed it at the same time.
At Popes Corner we turned left down the Cam passing The Fish and Duck moorings, there are a few boats here now, quite a few of them wide beam moored river side.We met the two Fox’s Narrowboats coming down the Cam that we met on Saturday as they were heading for Ely.Just passed The Five Miles from Anywhere we turned left again, this time Upware lock was operational and we passed through onto Reach Lode, but not for long, at the end of the moorings it was another sharp left up Wicken Lode into Wicken Fen nature reserve for the night. There was already a boat on the GBOA moorings when we arrived at 6-30 pm. so we moored just ahead of them as I didn’t think there was room behind.
After diner we went for a walk around the reserve and when we returned at about 8-30 the other boat had gone, it must have been after 8pm. when they set off?