Comparisons to Cinderella

Here’s an obtuse thought for you.
I mentioned here that a guy was coming to sort out our gear box problem on the 21st.
Sadly, due to surgery, he has had to postpone his visit until the 29th.

I feel like Cinderella, only instead of a glass slipper, we have a 41 foot boat, and the Ball in question is the Stratford Upon Avon River Festival 2-3 July.
Photo: festival 2015.
festival boats 3
Last year, we allowed ourselves 3 days to travel the 42 miles, this being 14 miles a day at 4 miles an hour. We wanted to take our time and enjoy the journey, as well as taking into account all the locks on the way, especially as it was all new to us and we didn’t know what we were doing.

If the gear box is fixed on the 29th (MSM is having Maggie for the day as we won’t be able to get her on and off the boat to do her business), it is cutting it extremely fine as to getting there.
If the details are the same as last year, there will be stewards directing arrivals to their allocated position on the day before the festival starts (this being Friday July 1st).
We are therefore hoping to be able to set off early on Thursday (about 8am) and reach the half way point before mooring up, then pressing on to our final destination and arriving Friday afternoon. We’ll then have a leisurely journey back to take in the scenery etc, probably staying out an extra couple of nights for our ‘holiday’.

Wonder how many river rats we’d need to tow us?
cinderella coach magic coach

I documented last year’s trip as below:


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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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5 Responses to Comparisons to Cinderella

  1. Sue Ranscht says:

    I think the magical limit is 6. 😉 Good luck!

    • That’s coming downstream I believe. We discovered last year it is quicker coming back but not because of our speed, just we weren’t fighting against the river flow! We shall have to see, but if we don’t make it, we can still putter out for a few nights.

  2. Oh, I hope things go well!

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