Saturday, 1 August 2015


The 1967 Bond film, You Only Live Twice, begins with an unknown orbiting space ship closing in on its much smaller nemesis. It's jaws open and the smaller, and slower American ship is swallowed whole.

For the last few days we have been chased by something similar. This is the bigger (almost twice our length) and faster (around 3 times the hours we do each day) Chertsey, a 1937 71'6" Woolwich. 

Current predictions show contact in less than 24 hours, possibly around Wheelock. We are scared, very scared.
Seriously, we look forward to Chertsey catching up with us. We could all use more Rocky love. And, of course, it will be nice to see more of Jim and Sarah.

Today, moored in Rode Heath, we were honoured by a visit from Leigh, Alison and Princess Lucy.The weather did its best to spoil the afternoon, but we are made of sterner stuff. Not quite daft enough to proceed with the BBQ, we had lunch inside. 

However, in some cheeky heavy showers we descended the Thurlwood locks. Princess Lucy had the good sense to stay inside and keep Jonesy entertained.

It's always refreshing to have little Lucy's perspective on our boat. She exclaims that 'the best thing ever' is our battery powered colour changing moon candles. Cheers Luc.

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