Brown BallsPosted: October 14, 2014 | Author: Emma | Filed under: Bobbing about, Dry land, Geeky facts, Moving on | Tags: Cheshunt, King Harold, Lee Navigation, Lee Valley Country Park, narrowboat blog, rain, River Lea, River Stort, Waltham Abbey | 2 Comments
The Lee Valley Country Park at Cheshunt provided a great place to stop on many levels, there was even entertainment for The Murkster. But 3G was flaky. The moorings are popular and were pretty filled by the time we pulled our pins.
A short drop down a couple of locks landed us at a very handy spot for Home Bargains, Pets at Home, maggots via vending machine (?) and King Harold’s tomb. As with most kings who died in battle there are a certain amount of conspiracy theories surrounding the arrow and the eye: any man who guarded his coast with such determination would have been buried by the sea shore; the tomb was a red herring… King Harold actually survive and lived out his days a hermit up in Chester…and many more. Anyhow, there were film crews filming what looked something like Time Team and so far as Waltham Abbey is concerned King Harold’s resting place is right there, under the high altar, with them.
One sack of brown balls is usually enough to send Murk bananas, so the arrival of five left him slightly overwhelmed yet happy in the closest he’ll probably ever get to greedy labrador heaven.
After a water fill and rubbish dump, we were back on the move, down through one final lock before parking up for a night on one of the last stretches of rural Lea before London begins to open up all around. Perhaps not as pretty as the Stort but then the Lea has had a hard life – in the first half of the 20th century it was the UK’s ‘silicon valley’, site of an electronics revolution with the invention of the diode in 1904. Thorn MK, Ferguson, Belling and Amstrad all set up factories along the brilliantly functional stretch of water.
Mild tonight and the ceiling has finally stopped dingle dangling with rain.