A day at Henley Regatta

We always enjoy spending our time in Henley, its a beautiful location on the river.   Today, we especially enjoyed our day in the Stewards enclosure at the Henley Royal Regatta.

First time I have worn boat shoes with a suit and Angie with high heels on the boat? 🙂

The first time we have been dressed in smarts for some time and those high heels (Angie’s :)) were not worn on board!

At the Regatta, there was some good close rowing races, some wonderful and some weird sights and overall, it was an enjoyable experience and another box ticked on our list.

Elvis was performing on a platform with an outboard motor on it and he was pretty good too!

“Elvis” performing on the river

Our friends Tracey and Shaun had secured a premium mooring right opposite the regatta for their beautiful Piper 60 barge, “Ascension”, so we popped up (excuse the pun) and shared a glass or two of prosecco with them which made the day even more enjoyable.

Ascension moored at the regatta site

Finally, we returned to the Stewards enclosure and enjoyed afternoon tea along with hundreds of others, before retiring to the stern deck of Steel Away for a well deserved glass of vino.

Here’s a few scenes from the regatta

Whitchurch Bridge amazing community art project

On our recent trip downstream from Dorchester, we had learned that there was a community art project on show on the Whitchurch Bridge, which crosses the river Thames at Pangbourne and connects Pangbourne in Berkshire and Whitchurch-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.   The bridge is a toll bridge, created by of Act of Parliament in 1792.

We moored on Pangbourne Meadow and had a light lunch before walking back to the bridge.  Pangbourne meadow was busy with lots of canoeists cleaning, working on, carrying and using their canoes.

There was an amazing display of craft on the bridge, all with a river Thames theme and I have simply posted some photographs below which you might like to browse.

Congratulations to all those involved for their hard work and the great result they achieved!


Bespoke Mattress

When we had our narrowboat we replaced the mattress  and were very happy with it even after it had a lot of use.

So when we needed a mattress for Steel Away, we had no hesitation in going back to the same supplier.   Our mattress needed to be “bespoke” in that it is vey slighty shaped at the foot end.

We contacted The Edwardian Bedding Co., at Mexborough, South Yorkshire, sent them a dimensioned plan and once again, they performed admirably.   We wanted a fully sprung pocket spring mattress which was to be of different density on each “half”- firm on one half and medium on the other.   No problem  they said and they even suggested that they could do the opposite on the reverse side so that we could turn the mattress regularly and still have the same comfort level on each half.   We ordered the mattress and top it all, they delivered the mattress 7 working days after we placed the order!

Needless to say, If you are in the market for a mattress for your boat, we thoroughly recommend The Edwardian Bedding Co.


Here is a link to their website www.edbed.com.   Don’t be put off by the basic website.  Their service more than makes up for that.

We have no connection with this business and make this recommendation purely as a result of the service we have received from them on two occasions.