A weeks worth of news!

Again I can’t believe where the time is going, and it’s almost a week since my last blog. Anyway I now have the computer back with a new 12v charger. Firstly I must share a couple of pictures that I took when we had reasonable weather at the end of August.

Thunderstorm brewing? And also captured the moon

Thunderstorm brewing? And also captured the moon

Thought the camera did a good job with this pic of the moon

Thought the camera did a good job with this pic of the moon

Evening sunset

Evening sunset

Now I have shared those pictures I can continue with the update on our activities since last blog. After spending a night at Snarestone, we travelled back toward Market Bosworth. The weather still wasn’t very good with rain every day. It seemed I was confined to the boat when travelling to keep my grandson supplied with food; many of the sights along the way I missed. We went past the festival site, and many historic and trade boats were moored there already. Friday we went into Bosworth marina for the festival and partook of their 3 nights for the price of 2 offer. It is a small marina with 150 berths and it is still a work in progress, as they are making wildlife areas and fishing ponds; but it was very friendly and welcoming. My daughter arrived on Friday evening with my granddaughter, son-in-law, and 2 dogs! Quite alot for a 50′ boat, but it was only for 2 nights so we managed. Izzy was happy she had some playmates. Saturday we went by car to Shackerstone family festival. It was a great day out with many attractions and well worth visiting despite the expensive entrance fee (they were supporting local charities). There was so much to see and do that we missed some of the things we wanted to see. But we managed to see the following……

Steam engines. Don't know who the boy is; he interloped into the photo

Steam engines. Don’t know who the boy is; he interloped into the photo

And another steam engine

And another steam engine

Historic boats

Historic boats

Stunt rider

Stunt rider

and again with a daring jump

and again with a daring jump

RAF Falcons parachute display team

RAF Falcons parachute display team

Steam engine in motion

Steam engine in motion

and finally grandchildren on quad bikes. One of the many attractions they tried at the funfair

and finally grandchildren on quad bikes. One of the many attractions they tried at the funfair

Everyone was suitably exhausted at the end of the day, and a good day was had by all. Sunday was a bit lazier in the morning as family had to go home after lunch. Alot of tidying ensued on their departure. Luckily I was able to order more parcels to my daughters house, and she said she felt like a post office sorting centre! Anyway I now have rubber brushes (for the dogs hair), new 12v chargers (for the computers), new shoes (have to go back as they are the wrong size ggrrhh), and some new fleeces. The marina was hosting a BBQ in the early evening so we went along and socialized until the wind got up and it became too cold to sit out any longer. Today we departed from the marina after saying our goodbyes, and we decided to travel till we got fed up. Typically the weather has brightened up (kids are back to school), and I was able to take some photos along our journey (though I did stay inside to bake a cake with a really ripe banana, and do some sweeping). I also have to take the tiller when other half needs the call of nature!

Sutton Wharf moorings now empty

Sutton Wharf moorings now empty

Sutton Wharf cafe

Sutton Wharf cafe

Shetland ponies enjoying the sunshine

Shetland ponies enjoying the sunshine

Triumph motorcycles at Hinckley

Triumph motorcycles at Hinckley

After 4hours cruising we stopped at the Lime Kilns pub again (though not to participate this time as need to reign back the spending a bit). Just after the bridge we spotted a familiar sight.

Dee Valley. Our first ever hire boat

Dee Valley. Our first ever hire boat

This is the second time we have seen the boat since we have been travelling, and it brought back good memories.

We are now heading for Hawkesbury Junction and the Oxford canal, as a  previous work colleague is hiring a boat for a week from Heyford, and travelling to Oxford and back. We hope we can meet up with them somewhere along their route, so may have to travel daily and for longer than we usually do for this rendezvous to take place. This is another change of plan from what we originally were going to do, but hey ho what is life about if not to change things occasionally.

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