Up with the dawn and in the shower by 7am…. looks like another nice day ahead. Cannot believe that this is almost the best weather we have seen for many weeks on our Circumnavigation…. and it comes at the end of the journey…. in London. However, Storm Callum is now approaching from the west… so not all good news.
The photo below shows the big dome Starbucks coffee shop..where T and M would have their morning tea from 8am…. overlooking Poli Poli on her berth.
After breakfast on the boat, Christine and Mike departed to go to the Apple Shop in Regents Street, then lunch, followed by the plasticised body exhibition near Leicester Square… then evening theatre visit… Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue. T and M did paperwork, blog then caught the 15 bus up to Trafalgar Square on the bus pass! Then walk to the best travel book shop in London… Stanford’s in Long Acre ( walking through Covent Garden ). Lunch and a stroll up Charing Cross road to Tottenham Court Road… Foyles etc etc. No 15 bus back to Tower Hill and the boat…. 13,000 steps.
More mystery surrounds how we get out through the lock here at Saint Katherine’s Dock and get back to Sovereign Harbour. The afternoon lock outs are no good for us…it is 40 n.miles to the sea from here and not keen on a night sail down the Thames. Too much backlights to pick out the navigable channel.
So we keep asking about the 6am Sunday lock out…. first version was it was ‘doubtful’ as a consequence of the rail strike. Second version…shift pattern of workers means not enough staff in to operate the 6am Sunday lock… then another version…. too many staff on holiday, thus not enough staff to work the 6am lock.
So at the time of writing… we just don’t know. If we get out tomorrow Sunday at 6am we will be back in Sovereign Harbour by Monday afternoon, 15th October.
If we can’t…. then it will be the 6am lock out on Monday morning, arriving Sovereign Harbour, afternoon of Tuesday 16th October.
Toby finally gets round to taking down the “Saltaire”.. the Scottish courtesy flag from the main mast halyard in Saint Katherine’s Dock, London. From the Mull of Kintyre onwards round Cape Wrath and down the north east coast of Scotland…it is not an exaggeration to say that the Saltaire spent its life on the flag halyard stiff, horizontal and sopping wet!