Day 9: Homeward Bound

We were both awake early, 5.30 to be precise.
Nothing to do with a restless night, anxiety, or ducks doing impressions of alarm clocks.
Maggie was dozing at my feet as usual, but Hubby decided to get up and do the manual checks before our journey home. I snuggled down and thought about yesterday’s events.
No good dwelling on it, we came out of it OK with a bit more experience and had learned a valuable lesson about boat safety.
Then I got up too.

According to the forecast, we could expect rain and wind throughout the day, though not to the extremes of yesterday thank goodness.
At 6.30, conditions were perfect for the off, but we were the only ones up.
pershore rec pershore fc

Hubby had been walkabout the evening before and discovered that, had us girls walked beyond the supermarket, we would have found ourselves in the High Street.
Hubby and I therefore decided to take the dog for a walk and do some window shopping at the same time. With nowhere open, it was a sure way of saving money!
Sadly, as is a fact of life these days, there were a lot of empty premises, and not a lot to attract our interest, apart from this:
signIt brought to mind a sign I’d seen years ago which read:
‘Dogs welcome, please tie your kids up and leave them outside’.

It started to rain, so we made our way back to the boat and put the kettle on.
A week without mains hadn’t proved a hardship at all as we had a hob kettle, and although our fridge runs on 12 volts, I’d made sure we had nothing perishable in it as it drains the batteries, so we only had it running while the engine was going.
In Stratford, we had run our engine for just half an hour Saturday and Sunday, which was sufficient to charge the batteries and give us hot water for the day.

At 7.30 there was a tap on the door and the suggestion of being ready to move in about half an hour. We said we were ready to go, so we set off together at 7.45.
We were through the lock twenty minutes later, and it was about an hour and a half to the next one.
angry sky 3Our friends were eating their breakfast on the way, and we were keeping an eye on the weather. The sky was getting darker, the wind teasing us with the occasional gust, and we had our waterproofs out in readiness.

Digital Camera

There’s a footbridge over the lock at Nafford and you have to move it out of the way before you can get your boat in. It was funny, but I don’t remember it on the way up and therefore I don’t remember having to put it back into position when we exited!
Still, we abided by the rules and left things as they should be.
one lock to goWith just one lock to go when I took this on the return journey, we were within two hours of home.
The wind was still toying with us and the sky was threatening, though we were lucky and it only rained twice.
angry sky final day 2 angry sky final day

We were back at the marina by midday, and Hubby reversed us in perfectly, taking things nice and slow, working with the wind instead of trying to beat it.
Our friends were also back in their berth and sorting themselves out.
We did one final check on the boat and then hit the shower block!

showerEverything we were wearing was going into the wash (next stop), but for the moment, streams of hot water cascading over our hot sweaty bodies took priority. Bliss.

And finally, a family upstream by about 3 miles:
swans coming home

Summary final day:
Number of locks : 3
Travel time as per engine hours : 4.3 hrs
Distance travelled : 14 miles
Total distance return journey: 42 miles

Summary trip:

Fuel used:                              40 litres diesel
Engine hours start:                          73.1
Engine hours end:                         109.4
Total distance:                                 84 miles
Total locks:                                        36 (18 each way)

No of days travelling:                       7
No of days at Festival :                    2
Water used :                        3/4 of a tank, approx 75 gallons

Cost:                                  
Festival ticket :                             £25
Fuel:                                               £45
Spending money:                       £30 tops

Note:
To finish off our ‘holiday’, we shared a takeaway and a bottle of wine with our friends in the evening. Good food and good company, what more could you ask for.
It had been a tremendous week, fun, exciting (scary!) and within a sensible budget.

Whilst on the river, we passed a variety of holiday hires.
Other Brother had a one twelfth share in a narrow boat (now given up after 19 years), and when he rang last week to see if we were still in Stratford, he was surprised at how expensive the river licences are until he realised he’d only had to pay a twelfth of anything to do with his boat.
He’s said that he may be in our area in the next few weeks and would like to visit us here in the marina. I’ll have the tissues ready and the kettle’s always on OB. 🙂

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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7 Responses to Day 9: Homeward Bound

  1. colinandray says:

    What an adventure you “guys” had. I bet you’ll be telling stories from it for many years to come. A great experience, and thanks so much for sharing all the details!

    • You’re very welcome. We’ve already lent a USB key of our photographs to some fellow boaters. Apparently they have viewed them twice already and felt they were there! It was a great experience, and I’m glad we went.

    • Thank you. We certainly enjoyed it and were glad we went. It hasn’t put us off, so hopefully we will be setting out again in the near future, even if it’s only for a single night. There are plenty of free overnight moorings on the river and for most, you don’t have to book!

  2. I want that house – that would certainly relieve my neighbor problems!

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