Thames flowing too fast for Pooh Sticks

Easter Saturday 3rd April 2010 The World Pooh Sticks Championships have been cancelled for safety reasons.  Traditionally held on Easter Sunday at Days Lock on the Thames for the last 27 years, sadly this year’s event will not take place, according to the Oxford Mail. Am I bored tonight?  Yes I guess I am –…

Narrowboats at Henley Regatta

On Saturday morning it seemed like a good idea to head down stream from Reading to spend another few weeks on the Thames and Grand Union so after a good stock up at Tesco we joined the crowds heading towards Henley, where we would have to pass through one of the main days of the…

Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival

Reading or Middlewich?  The decision was easy and I had a pleasant drive up to Middlewich taking the long way round to avoid the Silverstone traffic on this British Grand Prix weekend. I won’t attempt to write a review of the festival as I didn’t go to see any particular band, and anyway the main acts take place in the town…

Boat Jumble

On the way from Middlewich to the M6 I was about to drive past a car boot sale when I suddenly realised it was actually a Boat Jumble. Swiftly changing plans I parked up and braved the £3 entrance charge – and I have to say it was worth every penny. Not really catering for…

Southend to Tower Bridge on Paddle Steamer Waverley

In the 60s the family used to urge the old Wolsley over the Carter Bar into Scotland and visit our relations on the Isle of Arran, which involved taking the ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick. As a special treat we would take one of the Clyde Steamers on a day trip around the Clyde estuary,…