As it was change over day all the hire boats had gone, leaving the water point and adjacent mooring, right outside the pub, free, so that when Stu and Jen arrived we were ideally situated for them to step aboard after the obligatory refreshment at the Wharf Inn, to satisfy the ‘patron’ requirement for leaving their car overnight.
A simple lunch and then on to Cropedy and as soon we got to a straight bit I handed the helm to Stu, who after the usual zigzag course handed the helm back to me. I promptly passed it on to Jen, who was a natural except when it did start to go wrong she also handed the helm back to me just in time for me to run SKYY aground.
However they were incredibly keen to operate the locks, Oh it really is great to have some willing crew aboard at times. The weather was perfect, the new born lambs were jumping about in the adjacent fields and to their first time eyes it all looked idyllic as indeed it was.
A drink or two in The Red Lion pub, before Jacquie served up dinner, which was rounded off by her signature desert dish, bread and butter pudding, but this time made with Hot Cross Buns, delicious.