It was exceptionally windy last night, and when we looked out this morning the canal had waves on it. We were expecting a visitor, so had a pretty relaxed start to the day. We weren't exactly sure how our visitor was arriving, but at about 9.45 we heard a boat going into reverse as it came past, and sure enough it was Jubilee with John, Jan, and Ali on board; they knew where we were moored, but never having seen Briar Rose in the metal before nearly failed to recognise her!
They moored up behind, we went for a look on board Jubilee, then John and Jan came for the tour of BR. We spent a while chatting about boats, the BBC, and other things.
We set off at about 11.20, by which time the wind had dropped quite a bit. On our way through Milton Keynes and Great Linford there were just a couple of exposed spots where the wind caught the boat. Just before New Bradwell, the promised rain started; at Wolverton, it absolutely lashed it down and I considered stopping. But I was already wet by then, so we carried out to our planned mooring, just after the Wolverton Aqueduct.
We had lunch, and I dried out. In the afternoon, we finished the series of Last Tango in Halifax; I understand it's been recommissioned, so the second series will be worth looking out for. By late afternoon, the wind had dropped completely, and there was even a lovely sunset. In the gathering gloom, just a few minutes ago, Jubilee arrived, and has moored in front of us.
7 miles, 0 locks. (15.5 miles, 1 lock)