Sunday, 7 June 2015

Magnificant Views - Sunday 7th June

We awoke to a lovely sunny morning with not a breath of wind so we were up early and I took Ecco a walk across the fields and up the hill where there are lovely views across the Warwickshire Countryside to Coventry in the west.IMG_6612

Rugby and the cement works in the east.IMG_6614

and the wind farm near to Hillmorton locks in the distance.IMG_6616

Down in the valley on the other side of the hill the church and village at Church Lawford.IMG_6613

We walked down the hill into Kings Newman as I could see an unusual tower and wanted to investigate. It turned out to be St Laurence's church which was built in the 12th century, and partially demolished in1795–97, leaving just its mostly 16th-century tower now no longer used.A

Walking back along the lane we came to these fishing pools with a public footpath running through them. The path is part of the Shakespear’s Avon Way, an 88 mile route which follows the course of the River Avon as closely as possible using existing public footpaths, bridleways and a few minor roads, from its source at Naseby to its confluence with the Severn at Tewkesbury. The main towns it passes through are Warwick, Stratford upon Avon and Evesham. Naseby, Tewkesbury and Evesham were the sites of decisive battles.IMG_6624

Returning to the top of the hill we could look down on the marina nestled in the corner of a large field and screened by trees from the access lane and main canal.IMG_6628

To the west across the corn fields is All Oaks Wood which was thinned out last year but which has now grown back and seems quite dense as you drive or sail through it.IMG_6610

Brinklow BBQ with Fly Past - Saturday 6th June

This afternoon we travelled to the boat for the weekend to attend the BBQ at the Marina. A short while after we arrived we had an impromptu low level fly past by a Gloster Meteor jet, T7 WA591, from Coventry Airport. It gave us quite a display with several passes over the marina, so low you could see the pilot in the cockpit.


Once we were sorted on the boat we went across to the marquee and BBQ area and joined the others cooking our beef burgers and sausages. Ecco had a wonderful time playing with Ted, Arthur, and Kane all evening and we did not hear a peep out of her for the rest of the night as she was well and truly worn out.

Eric was joined this year by a young boater from the marina on electric base and later on guitar for a great evening of music and songs which we could all join in with. The earlier strong wind died down and we were able to enjoy the lovely summer evening as it was light until late on.