It was a lie in today for us both, we had been awoken in the night by the shouting of a women in some distress and were wondering what to do, so I had a peek out of the side hatch and worked out it was from the building next to us which we hadn’t realised until then was St Mary’s Hospital, it all went quiet after a while so we trust that staff had attended to her.
I went out to explore the area and found a Tesco Metro nearby by walking around the hospital and then found it backed onto the basin, unfortunately to return to the boat (which would be just out-of-shot in the bottom right corner of the picture) I had to walk through the blue tube, in front of the offices on the left up and over the footbridge and back up to the boat, well I suppose that burnt off some calories to make way for the croissants I had just bought!
Joy prepared dinner while we waited for the rain to stop, then we turned at the end of the basin and returned to Browning’s Pool where we turned right into the end of Little Venice which I visited almost 3 years ago when I was working for Oxfordshire Narrowboats. Kildare is still there (I blogged about it here) as is Coeur De Lion an ex-Oxfordshire Narrowboats boat.
We disappeared through the Maida Vale Tunnel, just a couple of hundred yards long, and past a collection of residential boats, under a couple of rail bridges and suddenly we were on the edge of Regents Park with some very grand residences and then The Zoo! We managed to spot some Wild Boar and The Snowdon Aviary.
Hard left at Cumberland Basin, occupied by a floating Chinese Restaurant and we found the last spot left at Camden Visitor Moorings. We walked on down to Camden Lock and spent several hours in the fantastic Camden Lock Market. There is a extensive choice of all sorts of ethnic cuisines, I chose West African, Black Eye Peas with Plantain, Spinach and rice while Joy had Moroccan Lamb Tagine for lunch.
We walked around the Horse Tunnel Market until we were fit to drop and Joy had bought a new hat; no wedding in view however! I left her standing at the canalside, in a red hat too, while I fetched the boat and picked her up, we winded above Camden Lock and headed back to The Basin, where there was a space made to measure for us once again.