Monday, May 20, 2013

What weekends are for

We had a super weekend afloat. Good weather and good company always help things along and we had lots of both.

Saturday saw us back in Ravenshaw Wood, only five minutes out of the marina. Very peaceful and relaxing and definitely one of our favourite spots to moor. Later in the afternoon nb Elizabeth moored behind us. What an interesting boat and lovely owners. Full of history as originally an FMC butty and has had various engines since, including paraffin powered. We chatted with Jim and his wife Annie whilst Jasper had a great run with their dog Tilly. Unfortunately I've had to 'borrow' a photo as I inexplicably forgot to take my own picture of Elizabeth !!

nb Elizabeth
During the evening we arranged to meet friends at Fradley on Sunday. Kev and Sally are old school friends of John and their Sunday usually consists of a good walk, so when they were offered the chance of a days boating, they jumped at the chance. 

Sunday morning was lovely. Elizabeth had beaten us to the off at about 7am. We were already awake (Jasper had seen to that at about 5.15am...bless him !!) and we eventually sauntered down to Fradley where we had breakfast before Kev and Sally descended on us. We had a lovely run down to Huddlesford. Kev was very reluctant to take the helm. He doesn't even drive a car, and never has, which, in this day and age is very unusual so the prospect of a narrowboat was a bit daunting.
Our new crew members
We had a fabulous Sunday dinner at The Plough. Very reasonably priced and an extremely tasty lamb shank followed by homemade bread and butter pudding certainly did the trick. The sun stayed with us on the return journey, as did Kev and Sally who didn't hesitate when we offered to take them all the way back to the marina and then drop them off for their car later.

Fradley was busy with gongoozlers as usual, but not that many boats. We briefly met Sarah on nb Chertsey as we exited Middle Lock. Chertsey looked great and they are on their way to Langley Mill.
nb Chertsey
Kev did his fair share of locking with a huge grin and all too soon we were back at Kings Bromley at the end of a lovely day. We will do it all again sometime soon.
Louise & Kev...The Green Team

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