Our river trip continues

The Frog Inn, Bidford on Avon

The Frog Inn, Bidford on Avon

We partook of a very pleasant 3 course Sunday lunch at the hostelry above. The weather continues to be glorious and we have certainly been very lucky over the past 3 weeks. The Sunday lunch was good value at £16.50, with the portions being ample, and the food well cooked. We had a bottle of red with our meal, then we had another! What the heck it was my birthday. We thought we would take the remainder of our second bottle and sit on the chairs by the boat; but there was a couple already there admiring our boat and the view. We got chatting and it transpired they had a sailing yacht moored in Falmouth marina. Small world. They lived locally to Bidford but went to Cornwall as much as they could. The wife was very interested in narrowboats, but her husband wasn’t so keen; we showed her around Breakaway. Whilst chatting we noticed NBGeorgina coming through the bridge, they were looking for the water point, and there weren’t many moorings available, so we called them over and they breasted up against us for the night, needless to say a few more glasses of red wine were had whilst socialising.

Pub side mooring with nbGeorgina breasted against us

Pub side mooring with nbGeorgina breasted against us. At one point there was a cruiser against them!

We couldn’t move on Monday until Eric and Deb left on Georgina, so it was a later start than usual for us; just as well as both of us were feeling a little fragile. My birthday, so after we left the pub mooring we headed for Harvington lock. The butchers and bakers in Bidford town were closed, but I managed to get some bargain reduced items in the local one stop shop for our BBQ. I have perfected the making of artisan bread, which is very easy, and turns out well, so really didn’t need the bakers anyway.

Offenham lock where we had our birthday BBQ

Harvington lock where we had our birthday BBQ

Looking toward the lock

Looking toward the lock. We helped the hire boat moor.

Our BBQ ended up being a meze, which was nice and not rushed. Whilst we were sitting eating a group of lads appeared at the lock and started diving in and swimming around. Good job the river isn’t busy with boat traffic, and the lock was deep enough for them to dive into. That evening there was a deep red sunset, but we were too low down to see it properly.

Sunset through the tree's

Sunset through the tree’s

I did manage to get a good moon picture though

Always amazing to see the markings on the moon

Always amazing to see the markings on the moon

Tuesday, and next stop Offenham lock and the sanitary station. We decided to moor here. It’s in the midst of a camping site and fishing area, though neither were busy. We had a little explore, and I managed to pick some more blackberries, which are now in the freezer. So far we have had a few blackberry pickings along our route, and a few apple and blackberry crumbles. Slowly I am getting through the washing.

moored at Offenham lock

moored at Offenham lock

Lighthouse memorial

Lighthouse memorial

We had a few bits of leftover BBQ to finish for lunch, and whilst eating this lunch I managed to crack one of my back teeth, a piece broke off, and then major toothache occured. I had to find an emergency dentist, as although I have an appointment with my own dentist in Cornwall, this isn’t until September, and I couldn’t be in pain that long. We were heading for Evesham, so I contacted the Dental Access unit at the hospital, and they could see me if I got there for 9am.

heading for Evesham

heading for Evesham

atmospheric Vale of Evesham

atmospheric Vale of Evesham

This one is for my friend Amanda who will probably know the breed.

This one is for my friend Amanda who will probably know the breed.

We were looking forward to spending some time in Evesham. It always sounds so up market. It is famous for it’s fruit growing and market gardening activities. It grew up around the Abbey church monastery founded in 702, but this was destroyed in 1539 by Henry V111 . The town contains many Tudor timber framed buildings. We moored opposite the Evesham rowing club (they have just had a former member win gold at the Rio olympics).  It was after 11am so I wasn’t going to get to the dentist, and would have to wait till Thursday. A lady walked along and started chatting telling us she felt Evesham had gone downhill in recent years, with many of the big name shops leaving or closing down. We had a brief walk into town to take a look for ourselves.

Workman bridge, Evesham

Workman bridge, Evesham

Evesham Abbey bell tower

Evesham Abbey bell tower

artwork in the park depicting a species of whale; the arch being the size of it's jaw bone

artwork in the park depicting a species of whale; the arch being the size of it’s jaw bone

Tudor building

Tudor building

old alleyway

old alleyway

more tudor buildings

more tudor buildings

spires of All Saints and St Lawrence's churches, with the Abbey bell tower close by

spires of All Saints and St Lawrence’s churches, with the Abbey bell tower close by

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Abbey bell tower, all that is left of the Abbey church after Henry V111's dissolution of the monastery's

Abbey bell tower, all that is left of the Abbey church after Henry V111’s dissolution of the monastery’s

We had a pleasant evening sitting on the stern deck watching the rowers practising on the opposite bank.

moored on the Waterside town moorings

moored on the Waterside town moorings

The narrowboat behind us initially was a bit further forward, but for some reason decided to back up right against us, and continued to keep his engine running for well over 3hours. Luckily he pulled away, the noise and fumes were starting to get on our nerves. The boatclub opposite were having a social evening so we had music to go to bed with. That was ok, but after just dozing off to sleep we were wakened by what sounded like a group of men/lads not sure how many, laughing, drinking, belching and playing music (not speaking English) until 2am. Note in book to never moor there again. I was up early to get to the dental clinic, and after only 4 hours sleep wasn’t feeling too chipper., but got to the clinic for 8.40am and was first in the queue. Temporary filling applied, and advised I may need a crown (more expense), anyway toothache has gone and that’s the main thing; I was running out of paracetemol! Charlie had been getting the boat ready to go as we had decided to leave Evesham; we had originally planned to stay 48hrs. Next stop Craycombe turn moorings.

Craycombe turn trust moorings

Craycombe turn trust moorings

Weather still good though it is all set to change for the weekend. The Virgin balloon took flight over us

Virgin balloon

Virgin balloon

and there was a lovely moon

reflective moon

reflective moon

This morning I was a wake early. Rain was forecast and we wanted to get to Pershore before tomorrow as high winds and rain are forecast, and we won’t move if that happens. We were ready to leave by 6.45am, by which time the rain had started. For the first time we travelled with our stern hood up, as the bridges are high; it did keep some of the rain off us. No photo’s taken on the journey as too wet. We did 2 locks, the second we waited for a cruiser to come along and share the lock (a diamond shaped lock at Wyre Piddle). They were very grateful and mentioned that not all boaters were as considerate. We are now on the recreation moorings at Pershore. We had a quick trip into Asda for some top up shopping. The rain has now stopped for today. Tomorrow we have promised ourselves a trip to see Pershore Abbey, the town centre and the market. Hopefully will get some pic’s tomorrow even if it is raining again. Another week left on our licence, and we plan to get to Tewkesbury by Wednesday.

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