Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Teddington to Richmond

Today's walk along the Thames tracked towards Richmond from the south. We began just below Teddington Lock. The lock marks the end of the Thames tidal zone, and the location of the Monty Python Fish-Slapping Dance. Nearby Teddington Studios has a long history in the British film industry, through a period as base for Thames Television, and now forms part of Pinewood Studios.

Cool to breezy, it was excellent boating weather for the numerous small sailing craft out on the river. Bondi took another dip from the main boat-ramp before we rounded the final bend to Richmond, where our walk had ended on Saturday.

After a mid-afternoon lunch we caught a small open-topped ferry back to Teddington. It's also possble to take ferries eastwards as far as Westminster. As we boarded, the skipper cried out "take the dog for a ride, there's a lamp-post on the boat". A couple sat a few rows ahead of us, their 6-yr old child increasingly worried about our lack of progress. Before we had left the dock he had loudly proclaimed "we've stopped moving!" and "we're going down!!!"

Happy Birthday Great Britain! 299 today!

The United Kingdom in its present form is 69 this year. Initially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (from 1801, via the Act of Union), the formation of the Irish Free State in 1922 led to a change to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (from 1927).

1 comment:

  1. Great idea!
    I don't like dogs, but only small dogs. Your beast is Great! Maybe you visit Poland, hm? :)