Calliope Moments from Oxford to Brentford and one point North

It began in a snowstorm in Biddulph –

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…. where we had our first night aboard and aground in our new home.

Before too long Special Delivery provided a splashdown for Calliope at Reading and we took charge!

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Life at the Marina was crowded, but fun, with Spring sunshine making a reluctant appearance on days when Stu and crew were alone …….IMG_1199.JPG

…. and disappearing when we had visitors aboard!  This was our first family cruise, to Sonning, Feb 15th.

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The skies began to lighten, the days began to lengthen. We began to explore the river, rurally up to Goring (three times – we like it there – good pub, beautiful weir, wonderful wildlife) …..

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…. and palatially, down to Windsor Palace (the Queen was in residence the first time we visited),

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and Hampton Court (Henry VIII seemed to be away) ,

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where Calliope was treated to a royal sail-by of the Queen’s ‘Gloriana’ on river trials for The Magna Carta 800th celebrations.

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As the crew’s courage and capability grew, Calliope explored further downriver, through Kingston (where lurk Wednesday sailors) …

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… to Richmond on the tidal Thames (where lurk river monsters and dangerous ‘Eddies’) ….

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…. and on to be laid waste on The Grid at Chiswick for bow thruster inspection (nice pub there too!)

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It was then time to trace the source of the Thames, so an upstream voyage was plotted.  Passing through many locks …

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… under many bridges including Wallingford, a town of much history and beauty ….

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… past Henley, well before the Regatta ….

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… onward to Oxford, where the Thames transmogrified into the Isis, the bridges became smaller – superb helmsmanship from Capt Carr …

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… and the river-side buildings were grand.

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Whatever next I wonder???

I have heard tell of brave consideration of a trip to Limehouse!

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