Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Runnymede - 17/06/14

After spending three nights at Penton Hook marina fixing and reorganising bits and pieces (mostly trying to get the bow thruster unblocked but Kevin also tried his hand at fishing - no luck I'm afraid) we decided to cruise slowly upriver towards Windsor.
The first lock was just outside the marina and, miracle of miracles, the bow thruster is now working. That makes it a whole lot easier to manoeuvre into locks and onto moorings. Whew!!
As we cruised into Staines we noticed there were free riverside moorings outside the Town Hall so we decided to take the opportunity to berth and do a spot of shopping. It really is a treat to be able to stop in the centre of town, get off the boat and take a leisurely stroll down the High Street.
Before setting out this morning we decided that we wanted to walk from the river to Runnymede and the Magna Carta memorial. When we arrived at a suitable mooring we decided the area looked really good and that we would stay the night. Some moorings are free for 24 hours and this was one of them.
Magna Carta Memorial
Commonwealth Air Memorial
Today was a magical day - not too warm or too cold and with a gentle breeze blowing. Perfect for a stroll up the hill to the Commonwealth Airforce Memorial (to honour them airmen and women who lost their lives in WW11)  and then along to the place where the Magna Carta was signed in 1215. The Magna Carta is really a document that marked the foundations of civil liberty and has informed the constitutions of many countries. the memorial at Runnymede was erected by the American Law Association to reflect the value of the charter.
We are now sitting in the wheelhouse, having had a dinner of panko crumbed chicken with a warm Mediterranean salad, watching boats cruise slowly past and a continuos stream of jets flying into Heathrow. Fortunately we can't hear them!!
What a glorious day
Tomorrow the plan is to moor at Windsor for a couple of nights but as Royal Ascot is on there may not be any suitable moorings - certainly the marinas are full. Tune in tomorrow to find out where we end up.

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