Firstly, thanks to everyone who has sent birthday messages -- via the blog, facebook, and by text. They're very much appreciated.
We had a great evening with Neil last night. We were moored button to button with Herbie, so he didn't have very far to go to get home. He brought dessert with him -- his own version of Eton Mess with a boozy fruit compote, which we decided to call Herbie Mess.
This morning there were cards and presents over breakfast, and we set off at about 9.15, heading for the winding hole at New Bradwell. It was more overcast the the past couple of days, but the sun was trying to get through, and there was no breeze at all. Having turned, we wended our way back through Wolverton, over the aqueduct, and up Cosgrove lock back to base. I made a bit of a meal of getting into our berth (possible confused by the lack of wind!), but we were all secure by 11.15.
At some point during the morning, the glass on the stove had cracked, so I jumped in the car and went to the chandlery at Whilton Marina to get a new one. I got rope for the door while I was there. The stove was still to hot to change the glass, so I'll do it next time.
It's been a great weekend, meeting up with lots of people, and with great warm weather. we're back on board at the end of the week, for a longer trip. The plan was to go down the Aylesbury Arm, but a stoppage notice came through this afternoon, saying it'll be closed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday -- which scuppers that idea. Of course there's still time for the stoppage to be cancelled, as they often are.
4 miles, 1 lock. (27 miles, 16 locks)