Friday 6 September 2013

Watermead Country Park and beyond….

Wed 4th September

We spent Wednesday at Watermead.  We took Ozzy for a good walk around one of the lakes in the morning.  Another glorious day, and a nice walk – it’s lovely here, but we only walked a fraction of it.


King Lear Lake



Statues in the lake depicting a scene from Shakespeare's King Lear



These were old gravel pits, and there are lots of granite carvings and chunks of granite dotted about

After our walk we went back and set to cleaning the boat.  Rog washed the roof and washed and polished one side, and I washed down in the bow well and the stern.  We decided that if possible we would stop at Mount Sorrel lock and do the other side when the towpath had changed sides.

Thurs 5th September

We set off to do the 3 locks to Mount Sorrel. We saw Beacon’s No 7 boat, nb Seventh Heaven moored at their home mooring and found fellow bloggers nb Seyella moored on the way.   A quick chat while we worked a lock and we were on our way again.  It was lovely to meet Geoff at long last (Mags was inside with her feet up).  Unfortunately I was off the boat working the lock and didn’t have the camera with me, but Geoff took a photo.  We also spotted No 8, nb Merryweather.


When we reached Mount Sorrel it wasn’t really suitable for mooring with the dog, so we continued on through the lock and to Barrow.  We wear the first to arrive, and after mooring, decided on a pub lunch.  As we returned nb Triskaideka arrived, so we went to the pub (different pub!) again a bit later for yet another bevvy.  Nb Serenity arrived around 8pm.  And, that’s it so far!  We suspect that we might be the only 3 boats to make it, nb QE III is maybe expected tomorrow, and possibly nb Off the Rails. 

Friday 6th September

Today has been a shockingly wet day so we have hibernated a bit, getting together with Karen and Ian on Serenity for a cuppa this afternoon, and out with Ali and John for a meal tonight as it’s our 38th Wedding Anniversary (sadly Karen and Ian have a prior engagement for a meal with friends but we may see them later)

Thursday 5th Sept - 6 miles and 4 locks

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