Well we did stay over an extra day in Upton and we did see it in the sunshine. Not only that but we had the pleasant surprise of unexpected visitors. I was just about to dip my paint brush into the tin ( For days I had been hoping Geoff would get around to the touch up job required on Petroc's sides, but there was no sign!!!) when Mary & Ivan Childs appeared. Paint put away we lunched in one of the local hostelries overlooking the river. They were en route and could not stay long so there was plenty of time for my painting in the afternoon. At least I managed to get one side done.
This is our mooring at Upton. There is very little space to moor and the outside of the pontoons was taken up by boats which looked suspiciously like long term liveaboards who didn't move very far. (The mooring was designated as 48hr only)
Immediately before the lock waiting pontoon where we were was a lovely long pontoon completely free. We initially pulled up there, but just before the end there was a sign saying "No Mooring-Fine £250"!!!!
All domestics completed we carried on up the river and moored just by the race course. A pleasant quite spot which is very convenient for Barnaby. We can walk straight onto the race course which is common land. This means that when there is not any racing you have the whole area to walk over.
In the evenings so far we have been entertained by all the rowers. in particular the Dragon Boats. We had never seen them before. You can hear them coming from some way off, as the drum is beaten slowly to mark the rowers time. I am sure the person beating the drum must have a special name but I don't know what. (I have just googled it and it says "drummer" or "caller")