Two hours on…………..

You would not believe how glorious a day it has been despite the chilly start.
Walking Maggie at 8.30, all traces of the Mop Fair had vanished, packed up during the night, with not so much as an empty burger box as they had supplied their own bins, all of which had also disappeared.

It’s been a while since we’d run the engine, so we decided to take the boat out for an hour.
Yep, me at the tiller again (photo August 2016).meThere was hardly any wind, but it was a bit nippy, so we kept our jumpers on under our life jackets, which we always wear, without exception when out on the water.
No new photos this time, but again we had the river to ourselves until, approaching the pub, we discovered there was a fishing competition on and were flanked on both sides.
Usually, we keep to the right on the river, but it was safer to keep to a centre line.

This pub is very popular and they have replaced the original moorings jetty this year.
At this time in the morning (10.30), it was deserted, so what better an opportunity to practice my mooring skills?
Hubby became my front man on the bow, and with selected hand signals (no, not arm flappings in panic!) I brought the boat in perfectly, gently pulling in the stern alongside.
Two cruisers then passed us and the fishermen on the bank opposite had a ringside seat!
I chugged away without clunking the mooring poles with the back fenders, and continued on our way.
I was so pleased with myself!
motorway 2 4 6Photo: approaching the M5 motorway April 2015.

Digital CameraPhoto: M5 April 2015 and our photogenic yellow brush

Normally we turn just past the motorway bridge (our ‘spot’ is on the left as the river widens a little), but again we had fishermen on the banks, so had to continue further up river to a suitable place with good all round visibility.
Today, I turned the boat clockwise, and with the wind helping me, did it IN ONE (no three point turn like last time).
Oh boy, I was doubly pleased, and Hubby said he was impressed.

Coming back, the pub moorings were still empty, so time for testing my skills from the other direction. Again with Hubby on the bow guiding me with hand signals, I pulled alongside with no problem whatsoever, bringing the back in neatly in line with the jetty.

Digital Camera
Digital CameraNearing home, the buoys were out to mark the way for the sailing boats, so we slowed down as they tacked back and forth across us. Luckily, unlike the above photos taken in April last year, it was only one at a time today, but some of them came pretty close!

Today has done wonders for my confidence, but by the time we got back to the marina, the wind had picked up, so Hubby brought us into our berth.
He had a struggle, so I’m glad I was on the ropes when we docked.

This post is a contribution to amommasview
Tell Me Something Good #26


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! In November 2020, we lost our beloved 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. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. 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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10 Responses to Two hours on…………..

  1. colinandray says:

    Impressive…… and 9/10 for terminology! The only oversight was “ropes”! “Lines” would have got you 10/10!

  2. scifihammy says:

    Practice makes perfect! Well done! 🙂

  3. amommasview says:

    Oh so wonderful! Thank you so much for this wonderful post 🙂

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