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Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Wednesday 28th May.

Last night we had very heavy rain plus rumbles of thunder, and the morning did not look too bright when we opened up the back cabin doors. Through out the morning we had drizzle. I used the sanitary stations washing machine to do another wash at £4.30 for a wash I thought it was worth doing it, because washing towels in our compact machine takes ages. I did not however use the driers, because they cost £4.30 for half an hour of drying, which I felt was extortionate. Washing done and lunch out of the way, Keith and I thought we would take a walk and see what Brentford had to offer. There are several good shops, including Somerfields for provisions. We then took a walk along the Thames Path. Which was an adventure in itself.It was really beautiful, the tide was rushing out to sea and we had views of the Thames bottom. What amazed me was the size of some of the live aboard boats and the different sorts. We walked down to Kew Bridge near Kew Gardens and stood at the centre of the bridge watching the wildlife. We saw The Egyptian Goose with young, the usual heron and Canada Geese; we also got to see the London Parakeets which seem to live on one of the islands. Needing a drink we found a street cafĂ© and enjoyed a coffee whilst chatting to the owner, she was really interested in the fact that we travel around and live on our boat all the time.
We walked along Brentford Road and saw The Kew Bridge Steam Museum Tower and decided to go and have a look around. It cost £5 for adults and £4 for others, which was pretty good value for money. It was actually very interesting finding out how water was supplied to the capital by steam engines, and what happens to all our waste.
One of the photographs was really worrying. It showed what lurks in the sewers and clogs it up.
Do you know what clogs up our sewers more than anything else?????Cooking fat is the worst offender, and this pile was several feet thick ewwwwwwwww.
Some of the steam engines were really beautiful and still work to this day.Kew Bridge Steam Museum is well worth a visit, even for a woman he he he. I found it very interesting. Keith enjoyed playing with some of the exhibits.These photos are not brilliant as I took them on my mobile. With this exhibit Keith had to try and make steam to raise the water level and save a duckling. At weekends and Bank Holidays they have the 160 year old Grand Junction 90 inch engine working; this engine stands three stories high.
We arrived back at the boat and took on water, ready for tomorrows locking out onto the Thames.

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