Day 2: 19th April 2017
The day dawned bright and cheerful, so I aimed the camera at the water reflection.
We’d slept pretty well and were up early so walked up to the public loos for our morning ablutions rather than use the potty. Although we had a spare cassette aboard in case we couldn’t get to an elsan point, our logic was if a convenience was convenient, we’d use it!
I rang MSM first thing and Maggie had been a little restless last night but was settling down. We all expected this as it’s the first time we’ve left her for any considerable time with someone else.
We left Pershore at 9am following in the wake of Suzie II owned by Arthur who was accompanied by Tina, his staffordshire terrier. She is gorgeous and very affectionate.
We shared Wyre Piddle lock, which is the only remaining diamond shaped lock in existence now. One of our wide beam friends have a new mooring here and we waved at them as we exited at 9.40.
Unfortunately, I was so concerned about waving to them that we were out and gone before we took a photo, so I’ve had to cheat here and got these off google.
We saw a rather interesting sight before reaching Fladbury Lock.
There were 6 of these little guys merrily going about their business cutting the steeply angled lawn. I suppose being able to afford to live in this particular property it made sense to have robotic mowers!
We arrived at Fladbury just before 11am which was a doddle.
This is Fladbury Mill, and below is approaching the lock and inside.
Next en route was Chadbury.
This is where Hubby fell in on our first trip back. We had a little problem as there was a widebeam and narrow berthed on the other side waiting to come in, but the lock was in our favour so they had to wait. The thing was from our angle, it appeared they were blocking the exit!
Still, Arthur and ourselves went in and locked up, though the other boaters did all the graft work!
Evesham was next, not our favourite lock as it’s awkward and heavy, but we managed OK and as Arthur had business there we were on our own in it.
We were through by 13.20, and arrived at Offenham for our second night at 14.45.
We washed the boat, just as we had on that first trip, and she came up a treat.
End time on engine 245.5hr.
We passed several boats we were familiar with today which now have new owners. It seems weird in a way but just goes to show how things can change so quickly.
Dinner tonight was an interesting mix as all my unopened spices are in storage and those that were opened were taken to MSM along with my soy sauce and vinegar. Oops.
So, we’d purchased a pack of stir fry veg in the morning and added to it 1/3 of a can of spam, half a dozen sliced button mushrooms and a sachet of Aldi’s Black Bean Sauce.
I cooked perfect rice in the saucepan and did the stir fry in the little frying pan we kept aboard. It was all pretty tasty, and tomorrow I shall be using the other half of the stir fry pack and currying it! Yes! I found some curry powder!!
Talk about living dangerously on leftovers.