After a relaxing two nights away, we are back in our usual berth catching up.
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We reached our intended destination after about 4 hours on the water, going through 2 locks with the minimum of fuss, bother or difficulty. I’m pleased to say I hadn’t forgotten how to control the boat going into and out of them.
The pair of us had caught the sun and have halo shoulders and noses of the red variety.
Photo: our first stop on our way to Stratford Upon Avon this year, which just happens to be exactly where we moored this trip!
There were 2 boats at the mooring when we arrived, but a big enough gap between them for us. With their help on the ropes, we slid into place nicely, and spent a very pleasant couple of hours before the cruiser moved on. The owners had been very complimentary about our boat so we invited them aboard for a look before they left.
The other was a narrowboat, at 55 feet somewhat longer than us, but we settled in together leaving room behind us for another vessel should it come along.
Wednesday evening was uneventful, and we had a totally lazy day yesterday doing nothing other than walk the dog, cook a meal and Hubby painted another boat picture whilst I made a card for our friends who are off for a travelling life from the 1st of September.
Hubby had sketched a picture for me which I lightly coloured in as it’s a style I’m experimenting with. I’m rather pleased with the result, but probably need a different set of colouring pencils as the light tints don’t show up very well here.
We walked Maggie just after 9pm as usual, then retired for the night.
About ten minutes after turning off the lights, it started to rain.
And then some!
Oh, such a welcome sound on the roof, which you could almost hear sizzle after the unbearable heat of the last few days. Hubby was asleep in minutes, and I wasn’t that far behind him once I got my knee comfortable.
We were awake pretty early, and after walking the dog and having breakfast, set off for home.
Again the two locks were easy enough, and our journey was quite straightforward.
I’ve cleared down the photographs we took, and there are over 7o (including the two above)! Not all are brilliant, but the sunset was awesome (post to follow).
Our river visitors to the boat included two pairs of swans, and a family of 8 ducklings which kept us amused with their antics along the river bank swimming away from Mum in all directions!
Hubby also saw a stoat whilst walking the dog this morning, but didn’t have the camera with him. Maggie was too intent on sniffing for Britain in the Dog Olympics to notice.
Off to play Scrabble with MSM later this evening. We played whilst we were away and I managed to put down all 7 letters in our game last night, which was the better of the two we played.
We will be taking up some nibbles, all of which have been calculated for Syn value.
I have been pretty good whilst we’ve been away, and my scales have nudged down a tad.
It helps though that there are no shops where we stopped, and if we didn’t have it on board, we went without.
I made a rather tasty dish with a green pepper I found at the bottom of the fridge which will also feature in a post later.
We are already looking forward to a similar outing in the next couple of weeks.