Being back on non tidal waters we were able to have a very leisurely cruise up from Teddington as far as Sunbury. Here we moored alongside Angelus, our friends Pamela and Edward’s barge.
Pamela joined us for the next part of the trip, which only took us only as far as Shepperton, where we moored up alongside the Thames Court pub and restaurant. We decided to stay there for the night and Edward joined us for a meal in the pub.
The next day we set off on the final stage of our year long voyage. As we approached Staines we could see crowds of people and stalls in the park below the bridge. We realised that this was the Staines Upon Thames River Day, which had been last held exactly a year ago, when we had set off on our voyage up the east coast. It was heart warming to see lots of neighbours and friends waving and cheering to welcome us back. After passing under Staines bridge we were soon entering the backwater to our mooring . As we approached our mooring the church bells started ringing as if to welcome us back to Church Island. We had very mixed feelings at this point. On the one hand there was a tremendous sense of achievement at having completed the voyage that we had planned, but on the other hand this was the end of our wonderful trip.
The coming months would be dedicated to preparing for James and Kate’s wedding in September, but there will be more voyages in the future