Although lovely to be out on the water, all three of us were suffering in the heat, and we were drinking water like it was going out of fashion.
Poor Maggie was panting, so we did our best to keep her cool by wetting her face and paws, and trying to keep her hydrated.
There is some beautiful scenery along this part of the river, so most of this post is going to be pictures.
The sky really was this blue, it was one of the hottest days of the year, and yet the following day was forecast to be hotter still, so we were glad we’d decided to push for home.
The locks were straightforward, but we did meet another boat which was considerably bigger than us coming up river on the final stretch. We were told we were going too fast and to slow down, yet we were doing just 1000 revs, and on the correct side of the river. They however were too far across on our side, their engine noise suggested they were going faster than we were, and they both had beers in hand.
We passed each other without incident, but I felt quite annoyed!
We were through our final lock by 6.45 and less than two hours from home.
Looking up, I saw we had company.
We arrived back at the marina at a quarter past eight in the evening, twelve hours after leaving Offenham.
One of our neighbours came out to help with the ropes, and invited us to an impromptu BBQ the following evening (Tuesday).
We accepted, then I took Maggie up for a walk.
When I got back, Hubby had checked everything over and the engine bay was dry.
We sorted out the washing, then I headed up for first shower!