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Saturday, 27 July 2013

Allington Belle

1900 Wednesday  evening 6 of us met up at he Malta Inn on the River Medway for an evening trip up to Farleigh lock. The boat was the Allington Belle a paddle steamer. The day had been hot and so was the evening but as there is plenty of shade on the river this did not matter.

The mooring but no boat

There were plenty of people about drinking and play on the river.

Playing in the sunshine. People were very friendly and chatted to us.

I had a look up and down the bank.

Then all of a sudden she appeared

This was the best picture that I manage to get of her

Once we boarded and shown to our seats the boat set off. 

After a short time it stopped to pick up our fish and chip supper and of course the bar was open.

In the middle of Maidstone just in front of the Bishops Palace

Out to the road

Of cause being on the river were the Swans

Canada Geese

Farleigh Lock where we turned round to go home. by this time it was after 8 and the light was fading. By the time we  moored it was bad light but I needed one more shot.

The paddles and she is moored up for the night.

In all we all enjoyed the trip but it is fully booked for the month of August.

We all are going to book another trip for next summer at the end of the year.

I hope you enjoyed as much as we did.


  1. Hi Trev, we did this trip last year with a load of women for Sue's ladies guild, what a noise. Lol
    Your sailing time was probably better that ours with the light, brings back memories at Daisy was on board too. Like the one with the boat coming back into the sunshine the best with the reflection, well done

  2. Glad you had a good evening, it was perfectly grand weather to be on the river. Plenty to see and photograph, All Saints Church and the Archbishops Palace are really lovely, also the thistly things just lend themselves. You must go along the river bank, there is a good path and seats.

  3. Funny enough the light was not that good as it was in the wrong direction and made the shots dark.

    You do get a different point of view from the river.

    Debbie kept us entertained the whole trip and made us all feel at home.

    Looking forward to a trip next year.

  4. Lovely post Trev ... I enjoyed looking at every picture and feel quite jealous of you all ... looks fabulous
    Eileen xxx

  5. Thanks Eileen, trying to get another trip in but it is fully booked boo hoo


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