Sunday, 15 June 2014

June weekend - Day 1

We came up to the boat last night.  I was working until late, so Adrian came up to London on the train, then we drove to the marina, arriving about 11.30.

This morning before we set off, I topped up the batteries and we filled the water tank.  We were ready to leave at around 9.15, and made the turn out of the marina towards Stoke Bruerne, which is having its family canal festival this weekend.  It was warmish, but not hot like it has been, and bright, but not sunny.  It took the usual hour and a half to get to the bottom lock, where I winded in the arm and we moored up.  Yet again, we had our pick of the moorings so opted to stay at the end closest the locks.

Adrian was finishing some work, so it was just before lunchtime that we set off to walk up to the village.  Halfway up the locks, Ryan Dimmock was winding Southern Cross and its butty, and returning up the locks.

In the village there were old boats, a craft tent, beer tent, a cheese boat, and an ice cream boat.  We met Kathryn, chatted to Steve Parkin from the Albert blog, and had some lunch.  There were radio controlled boats, including a one-twelfth scale life boat, and Morris dancers.  It's been a day of sunny spells and sudden heavy showers which leaves everyone dashing for the nearest tent.

Today's big local news was that Stoke Bruerne resident David Blagrove has been awarded the MBE in the Queen's birthday honours, for services to the restoration of the waterways.  There was a short congratulations ceremony by Richard Parry, the chief exec of the Canal and River Trust.

We've come back to the boat for a while, but we'll be wandering back up this evening as there's food available later.

The mobile broadband seems really weak here today, so I'll try an upload with small photos, and replace them later.

5 miles, 0 locks.

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