Monday, 8 October 2012

Name Dropping!

John took advantage of the sunny weekend and successfully painted another section of the roof.  Just as well, because today there is no sign of sunshine – drizzle soon developed into ‘proper’ rain once again.

Yesterday afternoon, as we were still moored at Long Itchington, who should come along but Doug & James on n/b “Chance” with their friends Bob & June on n/b “Autumn Myst”.  June had her priorities for the day well sorted!  TV reception for “Downton Abbey” was all important!  How has this saga managed to captivate so many citizens of the nation?   Bob & June have nurtured puppy guide dogs for many years and, at the moment, have 6 month old Phoenix – gorgeous!  She certainly took a shine to Maisie but I’m not sure Maisie felt quite the same!

We all went on board “Chance” for pre-dinner drinks.  I think we laughed from the minute we got on board until the minute we left – such good company and just what we have been in need of.  I had got our roasties in the oven before we left the boat so that they would be ready on our return.  I suppose it goes without saying that we were all drinking much longer than originally intended so I thought we would be having crisps with the rest of our Sunday dinner.  Unzip the cratch cover, open the door – no smell of cooking!  What’s happening?  Why no enticing smell of roast potatoes and parsnips?  THE GAS HAD RUN OUT!!  Maybe this was just as well but, oh, the joys of living on a boat!  Sunday dinner did arrive – just a little later than anticipated!

Before our new-found friends left this morning we all had coffee and cake on board “Autumn Myst”.  Doug produced a delicious chocolate cake which he must have magicked  up between locks!!  Doug, James and Oscar (their dog) are heading for a winter mooring on The Kennet & Avon; Bob, June and Phoenix are heading back to Brinklow.  Safe travels everyone and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to meet you.

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We set off after lunch – just two locks further on and we have found ourselves moored up behind Bob on n/b “The Beez Neez” at the Blue Lias  pub.  Bob and his dog, Hookna, over-wintered with us in Crick last year so we have a lot to catch up on.  Don’t need gas tonight – eating in the pub!  Result! xxoo

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