Monday, 1 March 2010

Up Anchor. We have Cast Off!

Yes! We are now out of the marina as our Winter mooring slot has come to an end.

Over the worst of the Winter weather we really appreciated the security and ease of being in a marina - God Bless electric hook up! As an extra bonus, we had (in the style of a Strictly Come Dancing judge) a fan-tas-tic end slot overlooking a little garden with a tree laden with very popular bird feeders.

After the snow we have had rain so the tow paths are currently VERY muddy. BUT ............ this morning we awoke to warm, bright sunshine. Fab-u-lous! Definite 'Feel Good' factor and, I hope, a positive indication of the year ahead.

Our plan is to head South to the Thames but we can't do that until the repairs to the Braunston Tunnel are complete - supposedly the middle of March. In the meantime we are on our way to Market Harborough via Foxton where there is a very special staircase of ten locks. The area has always attracted tourists but even more so now as money is being invested in it's development.
We haven't been there for two years and have missed it!

Over the Winter we do get a bit 'marina-rised' and have to re-adapt to being true water travellers again but we are really looking forward to this years cruising. A lot of new experiences/different waterways are heading our way - I shall enjoy reporting on them.

By the way:- "Pinch, Punch, First of the Month" and a very happy Saint David's Day to all those with Welsh blood flowing through their veins.

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