Monday, 21 September 2015

Autumn Cruise - Saturday 19th September

This morning we left home in bright sunshine but soon encountered mist over the motorway and surrounding fields. We were heading for Sherbourne Church Flower Festival near Warwick. The home of the Smith-Ryland family and where June’s great aunt used to live. The festival was based on Classic Books and included Wind in the Willows, The Railway Children, and Treasure Island. It is a magnificent church built in 1864 and has a jewelled font as well as ornately decorated organ

After the visit we headed for the boat and arrived about lunch time. We had taken most of the clothes and supplies to the boat yesterday, buying the food from the local supermarket in Rugby. After checking over the boat and filling with water we headed off around 2.30pm towards Rugby. The canal was very busy with boats travelling in the opposite direction but when we arrived at Rugby there was plenty of mooring so we stopped so that I could go to Tesco for some fire lighters, it looks as though the evenings could get colder according to the forecast.


We motored on through Clifton upon Dunsmore where at the boatyard they were just starting up a steam powered narrow boat with clouds of steam billowing across the canal. Passing the allotments, which this time unusually looked a little uncared for we spotted this apple tree which was laden of lovely bright red apples.

Apples - Copy

We moored up next to Rugby Golf Club and had some fine views over the course. Several golfers stopped and chatted across the fence as we all enjoyed the lovely weather. Later I took Tiana a walk up to Kent Road Bridge and back but the towpath was quite wet which shows that they must have had more rain here than we had had at home.


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