E is for Embarrassment (to name just one)

Stratford-Upon-Avon is extremely popular for narrow boat Excursions both for holiday hires and owners like us.
shakespeare statueThere are a total of 129 locks on the 109 mile route of The Avon Ring and Stratford-Upon- Avon is part of it, so we would have several locks to operate to get there in a chugging journey of some three to four days from here (no traffic, no blaring radios, no screaming kids, just the peace and tranquility of nature as we ripple gently along).
We haven’t been through one yet, but thought that today we would go up in the car to see what was on offer, where we could berth, and the costs involved before setting off to Explore the waterways in the boat.

stratford lock 56
If you stay on the river, the cost is just £5 a night. This is cheaper than most camp sites.
To get off the river and into the basin, you have to go through the lock though. Berthing overnight therein is free, but you have to have a CRT (Canal River Trust) licence which is £680 for the year, but you can get apply for shorter licence periods of 3 or 6 months instead.
We currently just have the ANT (Avon Navigation Trust) licence.

We went to Stratford years ago as it was part of a weekend trip with the Sports and Social Club of the company I worked for. What had attracted us was for £25 each we had two nights B&B in Stratford at The Premier Inn, a full day in Alton Towers (2 of the biggest kids ever are sitting here on the boat) and a full morning to explore Stratford before the coach left at 2.15pm for our return journey to Bournemouth.

river stratford river stratford 2

Back to our visit today.
We managed to park in the town centre and had a little walk around. Maggie was very good and didn’t pull too much, though there was plenty to sniff, and she was desperate for some grass upon which to do ‘the business’.
The place hasn’t changed much from what we remember, and after going to the bank, we
got some lunch and sat down in the park to eat.

gardensMaggie was given her share, and settled down whilst we ate ours.
In fact, she was very quiet, so I turned round to see why.
She had her back to me and was staring intimidatingly at the couple sitting on the wall behind us eating hot sausage rolls.
She was positively drooling, having perfected the ‘Poor me, I’m hungry and my owners don’t feed me’ look. maggie quarry 3I apologised profusely to the couple concerned, who I’m afraid had no sense of humour at all, and was just grateful that her lead didn’t reach far enough for her to physically rest her head on their knee and look even more ‘pathetic’. It was Embarrassing.

Having finished our lunch, we crossed over the bridge, and recognised a small boat that had been berthed on the river up by our lock last week.
We went over to say hello, and the couple remembered us. This is one of the main things we like about the boating life, everyone is so friendly.
As we were chatting, a swan swam up beside us and stretching its neck to its maximum length, started rummaging around in the bedding they were sorting out on the pontoon.
It appears that she has been feeding them, and this one was obviously after its dinner!

All images of Stratford-Upon-Avon from google

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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2 Responses to E is for Embarrassment (to name just one)

  1. colinandray says:

    Dogs are sooooooooo good at that pathetic “please feed me” look aren’t they! I can understand people ignoring that look (clearly not dog people), but to not see the humourous side? Those people really need to get in touch themselves and not take life so seriously! 🙂

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