Sunday, 7 September 2014

Home Counties Cruise: Day 2

We had a great time at the barbecue last night, meeting some people we already knew from the St Pancras Cruising Club, and others that we hadn't met before.

This morning, we were asked whether we minded staying where we were, because the towpath was still full of boats.  We didn't mind at all.  The Angel Canal Festival got under way at 11am.  In the park next to our moorings were owls and falcons, a bouncy castle, and a Punch and Judy, as well as lots of stalls.  Graham Street was full of food stalls and others.  At the far end of City Road Basin was the Seaside in the City, with a pirate ship and donkey rides.

The Mayor of Islington arrived by boat to officially open the festival.  There was a variety of musical entertainment, including a ukulele band.

During the day a couple of my colleagues from work came to visit, so we had more children on board.  We also had a visit from Linda and Richard from Mary H, and we also bumped into them later and had more of a chat.  It was good to meet them, having had conversations via the blog and facebook.

Once the festival closed at 5, people started to disperse.  As soon as there was space on the towpath opposite the basin, we slid out from our space (helped by the very kind harbourmaster, Tony, and other boaters), and moored up pretty much where we were yesterday afternoon.

It's been a nice relaxing way to spend a day -- wandering round the site several times, meeting up with people, and generally just enjoying the increasingly sunny day.

0 miles, 0 locks.  (5 miles, 5 locks)

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