Time for a catchup

I have been immensely lazy with my blogging; my excuse is we haven’t many travel plans with the boat this year. Anyway I have continued to take pictures and now in the bright sunshine am starting the task of bringing it up to date!

The  last blog saw us moor up just before Braunston on our way back to the marina. We had a couple of days here, and the weather remains kind apart from a strong breeze. Whilst here I have taken pictures of a small section of towpath flowers as they looked so pretty, and all in one area. I haven’t named them this time, so anyone reading you better get out your wildflower book.

facing toward Braunston

towpath flowers

we all know this one

I even managed to picture a fly

one of the many grass species

ready to scatter their seeds

another favourite

an artistic feather

greylag geese

beautiful night sky

That’s my artistic side over with!! May 22nd and we set off in the strong breeze to Braunston and managed to get a mooring opposite the pub there. It got very busy soon afterwards. We walked along to the chandlers and bought a tin of black paint to touch up the boat where it gets scratched. The next day was dull and breezy again so we turned around and headed back to the marina, and were moored there by 10am. Washing all done and I ordered a Sainsbury shop. The next few days the weather was dull and rainy so inside jobs done. Charlie varnished the stern doors, and when it was brighter I polished the brass, and cleaned the bow and cratch cover. The sand from the blasting gets everywhere. We also relit the fire on a couple of occasions as the evenings were cold. All of these jobs are difficult to do when out on the towpath, as we stripped the roof of its contents to wash it down, and took off the stern doors for the varnishing. These jobs were all completed though by May 31st which happened to be our 43rd Wedding Anniversary. We decided not to go to the pub for a meal, so I ordered a delivery from Sainsbury with the items I needed to make our chosen meal. Worked out cheaper though it meant me cooking (which I don’t mind anyway). Our menu was Tomato and Mozzarella salad, Homemade burgers, chips and coleslaw with flatbread, Cornish ice cream and a bottle of McGuigans red wine. Was lovely even if I say so myself. Friday 1st June and we walked into Napton village to pick up a parcel of a new satellite box; thought it would be  case of attach and play, but it wasn’t the case. Charlie eventually gave up. The next day we had a message from Simon about a letter that had appeared at our house. I won’t go in to detail here, but it shook us up a bit and we made plans to return to Cornwall on June 4th for a couple of days, to make sure all was well. Thinking about it now we probably didn’t need to make the trip, but at least we know everything is still as it should be. On our return to the boat we got a message from our friends in Blackheath to say they would be visiting the coming weekend. As we still had the car we stopped at Aldi before we dropped it off and got some supplies in for their visit. We also had a message from Mary and Stephen to say they were back on Marge, so Saturday 9th June we walked to Wigrams Turn marina and had a lovely lunch and afternoon with them.

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