that remind us why we do it! On Thursday morning we left our mooring near The Bridge. It was bright and sunny, with wall to wall blue skies. We started off in T shirts, and that’s how we remained until later on in the afternoon.
We decided that we would moor short of Hillmorton and then carry on to Brinklow today. We came through Braunston without the usual jinking about around other boats, and then moored at the same place near Willoughby that we moored on the first night out. As we were tying up, Ozzy did his usual leap straight off the boat and charged up the towpath towards another dog, which looked somewhat familiar! I then looked at the boat moored some way in front off us, and then at the couple sitting in chairs on the towpath. Meanwhile, they were also looking at us! It was Moni and John on nb Holly, that we met last year and spent some time with. What a lovely surprise! We hadn’t expected to meet up with them on this trip. Needless to say, we spent the afternoon with them. They had planned to continue on to below Hillmorton after lunch, but they changed their minds.
We sat on until late afternoon, by which time we were in the shade, and the wind became a bit nippy. Today was very cloudy when we first left our mooring, Moni and Ollie came with me and Ozzy for a walk for a little while, and then returned to Holly when Rog picked me up. They then continued on their way – we had another brief word when they arrived at at Hillmorton Top Lock as we left.
We carried on to Brinklow our mood getting gloomier and gloomier. Although there was no real rush for us to come home, my foot is playing up so much that I really do need to try and get it sorted. It’s not a lot of fun, limping around the locks, although Rog did his fair share, standing on the back of the boat steering was painful for me too!
We are back at home now, and will go back to the Marina tomorrow or Sunday to collect the stuff we couldn’t fit in the car today.
So, here endeth our 2015 cruising – at least for a while. Hopefully if my foot improves with some medical treatment, we may get out again later on in the summer or early autumn.