since my last blog we have been slowly making our way down the Shroppie, heading back towards Stone where Oakapple has a winter mooring booked and the Captain has a hernia repair op. in November.
It is strange how things happen. As we aproached Market Drayton last week we were wondering where our friends Roly & Bev were and lo and behold, there they were, sitting out in the sunshine with Sally, another of last winters gang. It was great to catch up with them.
The weather has been exceptionally kind, very little rain and lots of sunshine. It has been a joy to cruise and appreciate the autumn colours developing.
This week we met up with another of the gang, Sue & Andy from Festina Lente. Happy Friday in the 'Radford Bank' and an 'all you can eat breakfast' followed yesterday morning. Mmmm!
While we were there the fuel boat Halsall came through and supplied us with six bags of coal, now neatly stacked on the roof ready for the stoves when the weather finally breaks.
Since leaving Stone in the spring we have covered nearly 800miles and worked about 400locks. We have attended some great events. The Braunston historic boat rally in June, always a great show, and more recently the steam rally at Acton Bridge on the river Weaver.
The highlight of the year has to be our trip into Liverpool Docks. The whole experience was stunning. From the passage in through the docks, to our mooring right in the heart of the city. It was a total contrast to the usual canal cruising we do and we are already planning to return next year.
We are off to see family and friends on the south coast next week and looking forward to catching up with everybody.