An apology to all those who opened this post in the hope of a recipe or dieting tips.
The title is due to the weather as on Friday it was absolutely tipping it down with rain as it was first thing this morning, yet yesterday, it was glorious so after getting all the boring chores done (laundry, shopping, walking the dog) we took the boat out.
The water was smooth and calm as we chugged out of the marina to turn up river. It was also very pleasant to pass, and be passed by, neighbours enjoying the water as we were.
As we waved to all, I said across the helm ‘She floats!!’ as for most of them they had only seen us in our berth rather than under way.
The great numbers of Canada Geese we’d seen on the river bank a few trips ago appeared to all be in the water. The goslings are growing and some are almost as large as the adult birds now.
We saw a large flock of ducks and as we got closer, we could see that many of them were youngsters too. It would appear that the survival rate of young waterfowl is definitely better on the river than in the marina.
Although we have seen our two moorhen adults, we have not seen any chicks since my post, and as for Mrs Boating Two, sadly we haven’t seen anything of her at all, unless of course she has followed the boat into the other basin.
We did notice an adult swan making itself comfy on the nest here one evening. It was on its own, so maybe it was having a ‘sitting practice’ or trying it on for size as it’s gone now.
As for our family of five babies, they are thriving and I hope to get some more pictures of them soon.
It had taken us an hour and a half to reach the lock where we turned round for our return journey. Now we’ve had a good look, we’ll hopefully be going through it next time!
The wind was starting to pick up though and we were getting blown around a bit. It wasn’t too bad when it was just us, but when vessels started coming from the other direction, we had to be careful not to get blown into the river’s mud banks, especially when one was lining up to overtake the other.
We also had the ten pin bowling alley to navigate (these pictures are from some time ago) though yesterday’s entrants were all over the place and didn’t seem to give a toss about the eight tonne narrow boat in the river. We kept to the right, slowed down to our minimum speed and let them work themselves around us. It was no good trying to second guess where they were going, so it was safer for them to use us as a roundabout.
As we turned into the marina entrance, the wind caught us and Hubby had a game holding her steady to reverse into our berth. This was the first time he’d done it with another narrow boat directly alongside us, and we were glad of our bow thrusters. Also there are more boats opposite now that are longer than us, so it was like trying to travel up a zip without touching the sides!
Maggie was good for us though, and again kept out of our way as we were docking.
I had managed to get a couple of decent pictures of her yesterday.
She must be one of the most photographed dogs in the world now!