Sunday, 7 October 2012

Champgne Again

Sunday 7th October
Champagne again last night – we could get used to this life style.
Crept out of Saltisford Arm at 8.30 passed the hotel boats turning right down the GU heading for Cape locks where we saw Queen of the May, another Sandhills boat, but did not stop as all was quiet on board.

* Phoenix Watches the World go by
Chance stopped at Tesco on the Emscote Road Bridge and we carried on over the River Avon aqueduct to Lidel  near bridge 44. Just as we were moving off Chance caught up with us and we motored passed Guide Dogs Training Centre and on to Radford Bottom Lock in lovely warm, bright sunshine, although it was still a little chilly in the shade.

* Doug and James Following along the GU
We soon reached Bascote Staircase lock where we stopped to pick apples on the adjacent tree; good job James is 6ft 4in as he was able to reach the best fruit high up in the tree. Later Doug made an apple crumble for their pudding.

* Bascote Staircase Lock
* James in the lock
* Lovely LocksideVirginia Creeper
Looking for a good mooring where June could get TV, James and I sent June and Doug ahead to see what the mooring was like around the corner before we passed a potential spot. They called us on and we moored up next to Nb Ellen with Angela and John, not forgetting little Maisie.
After lunch I watched the last part of the Formula 1 while June washed the boat.
Later D & J invited us all into Chance at 5.30pm for pre dinner drinks and we had a very sociable couple of hours chatting and laughing and I am afraid drinking a little too much. June was too merry to cook the dinner and we ended up with Beans on Toast cooked by myself. Doug really IS a bad influence on June!!!!!!

* Ellen, Autumn Myst and Chance moored near Long Itchington.

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