About our journey in London i could easy write 7 blogs, however i will keep it to 3. The first one will be about cruising in London and our experience.
The lakes near Black Jack Lock
The approach towards London from Cassiobury park was very pleasant with plenty of nature around the only difference were the many moored boats along the canal. Some very lovely boats and some boats hardly drifting. We moored near the Black Jacks lock, which is a lovely place to explore the lakes next to the canal.
Than we hit the urban setting of towns now attached to London. There came more and more moored boats of all sizes and all shapes and many have Dutch names on old Dutch boats. I could write a whole blog about all the Dutch boats we saw.
North Circular Aqueduct
When we passed over the North Circular Aqueduct, yep, we are in the city looking at the traffic jam below us while we gently cruised over them. We now had only houses around us reaching into the canal as we just gently kept on moving we felt as the rest of the town kept on running and didn’t even see as they didn’t look. The rush of modern life was moving faster than we could expect but Wanderlust kept on moving in her gentle speed over the flow of water like a peace train.
Finding a mooring in London is sure one of the hardest thing specially one where we could trade. We ended in the Paddington basin under the A40. The worse spot to start to experience London. Even sleeping with earplugs didn’t help. Business was slow so we loosen the ropes and went. The beauty of boating when you don’t like your spot you just go.
Paddington mooring under the A40
We turned into Regent Canal in the hope to find somewhere a spot. We had contact with the friends of the Regent canal who told us there could be some spots coming free at Angel in Islington.
To get there we past some very nice spots along the Regent Canal called, how could it, Regent Park, not sure which once was there first the canal or the park. It was such a relief after them 2 days under the road.
the rich and famous along Regent canal
After Regent park you come to Camden Town with the very famous Camden Market. It has a flight of 3 locks with many spectators, now that was something. We could wish to have a mooring there and pick some of the crowd as customers but thats all it would be a still wish as we passed the moorings. We had this idea of getting some mountain climbing gear to put into the concrete along the canal to moor the boat, yet it stayed by a thought. You will always see with spectators the wind picks up and the boat turns and oeps well we kept our cool and smiled and with some hand signals fixed the funny turn.
Camden Market watch them legs, boat coming
Looking for a mooring was now number one as one went ahead to look for a spot on the towpath. We found one on the end of the Angel mooring with just one ring.
popUP at Angel
The gallery was popUPPED and many people came by and some talked but most walked sideways and shouted nice, others had a glance from their phone. We met some lovely people and some where just surprised to see something like this along the towpath. We had people coming down from their flats to have a closer look.
This was not a sculpture which was placed on a lost corner of the canal, this was not a written message on the wall, this was no gravity or urban street art. It was there for a few days including the artists and than it all moved again. The encounters we had where all different yet all special.
new customer the Raven almost next to the boats Raven
The idea of London was to explore and see where good spots are for us to sell our art, we can’t live from fresh air, certainly not in London. Victoria park was our next spot. We had a visitor of a difference but not a good spot for selling. The park itself is lovely with a famous bridge over the canal a true relieve from the city life.
Victoria park bridge
We moved on to the Lee-navigation which is a river yet mostly calm water with some very big locks. The lock keepers offices on the locks are just asking for an artist to come along and do something special with them. a can sure see something in them.
Lock keepers asking for art
Art in all places, it might become a proposal you never know. The boaters themselves are these days the lock keepers, with the difference that on the Lee you just press buttons.
We past the olympic site which is now getting an other rebuild as we cruised towards the Lime House basin. We came along some very build up areas with a sting of urban poverty in the tail, yet here we encounter one of the most impressive things on our trip in London.
Two Cormorants followed the boat and would dive under the boat catch a fish eat it and than fly over the boat again landing next to it, dive under, come up behind and set of flying again or eat the catch.
Lime House Basin is next to the Thames, you are just a lock away from the Thames. One day just one day we will counter enough courage to do the Thames, we sure fell in love with the river. We got the map, we got the notes, now just one day and we will do it.
Lime house Basin
We just felt very small as the only way we could get on the boat was by stepping on the roof.
So we moved again looking for that perfect spot. When we saw a good spot for a popUP it was full and if we saw an empty spot it was no good for a popUP and so we moved. The problem as well is the people mooring right up to the lock or even at the watering spot. This way we got an adventure with the boat on a wide canal when the flow of the emptying lock pushed the boat off the other boat and than such a wide canal is too wide. A jump back on board and a bit of a panic got her back in line, but we almost ran out of options for a moment. Just imagine us on one site and the boat on the other site and no way getting to her as there is just a brick wall. That mountain climbing gear could be good in London in more than just one way.
water site living you will need oeps 1000000 how rich we are by living on the canal
The great thing of London are the people and all the many different people not just the many artists we met but also the taste of all them different cultures.
One of the highlights on this trip when we found the old Alvracht 3 here in London, the boat of my childhood. i will write about it in an other blog. The next blog will be about London and art.
London how busy it is never silent never dark yet i still find the spot to take that drop