Friday, September 30, 2011

What a day!

Despite our slight anxieties about running the engine continuously before it has its thorough service, we just had to come out for a bit of a cruise yesterday.  The sky was blue, there was not a cloud in the sky, the water was still and the countryside, beautiful.  In the entire day, we saw no more than a dozen other boats on the move.  We moored in the middle of nowhere, watched the sun go down across the other side of the canal, and were amazed by the myriad stars just before we went to bed, stars in a totally clear sky, with no light pollution to spoil it.  This is what boating's supposed to be like!

For those of you who know little or nothing of canal boats, let me make something clear to you.  We travelled for around seven hours, including a stop for lunch, but only travelled about twelve miles, from bottom to top of the picture below.  The slow pace is all part of the enjoyment, giving us time to look around, and to relax at the helm.  If we had had any locks to go through, then it would have reduced the distance travelled in that time by about one mile per three locks.

We're currently right at the top of the picture...

Today, we awoke early to a beautiful, misty morning.  One boat has passed us.  It is very peaceful.  I can quite get used to this!  We will return to the marina today.  We have to go into Rugby to collect a rug we have ordered, and I need to prepare for the barbecue tomorrow evening.  I got volunteered to sing at it!  I have my guitar with me, but absolutely no music or lyrics (and, to be honest, a voice which is very much out of practice!), so there is some work to be done there!

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