The catchup continues

Sunday 10th June and our friends arrived from Blackheath at 10.15. We had got the boat ready to move on their arrival, and as the day was warm and sunny we headed off to Braunston. Managing to get moored again roughly where we had been before, which was lucky. We set off to show Benvinda the sights of Braunston, whilst Bobby partook of a snooze! Mary and Stephen had already made it to Braunston so we said hello, and in the evening we partook of a few glasses of wine with them. It was lovely to see them. They are off on their travels to pastures new so we won’t see them for a while. On Monday 11th June we walked to the Gongoozlers narrowboat cafe for brunch. Charlie and Bobby having the full Gongoozlers, whilst Benvinda and myself being a little more sedate with the large. Once fed we set off and headed back to a more countryside mooring for the night. The weather was hot and sunny which was nice for our visitors. Tuesday 12th June and we headed back to the marina as our guests were going home. On the way we stopped and said hello to Eric and Deb (boaty friends from our BCNS tour of 2 years ago), who were heading back to their home territory for a party.

The next few days were taken up with washing and shopping delivery whilst moored in the marina.

a different type of boat in the marina

We took the boat out again on Friday 15th June to the nearest point of turning it around, as we wanted to touch up the scratches around the gunwale area. The weather was looking good again after a couple of days of being overcast with occasional rain. Near what was The Bridge Inn, and now being converted into a 1.2million pound dwelling.

me on my knees painting

We cleaned and painted one side; then couple of days later turned the boat round and did the other side. We also walked with Izzy to Napton locks. The little shop that was next to The Folly Pub has now gone, and being converted into a dwelling. It’s a shame as it was a handy shop for passing boats.

Fathers day on Sunday 17th June and it started off raining, and it was dull and cold. Later in the day we were hit by a passing boat that got too close, which we weren’t happy about as it took off our newly painted area, and also got no apology from the crew!!

Back to marina again on 19th June as we were expecting a boat artist on the Thursday to paint a small design on Breakaway. We had a Sainsbury delivery first, then Beccy arrived at 10.30. She managed to do both sides on the same day, so we had a reduction in the price. A bit of an extravagence but we are happy with the result.

Breakaway’s new logo

Any guesses it’s meaning?

As Beccy hadn’t to return on the Friday we escaped from the marina really early for a trip to Warwick. This will be my next instalment.

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.