We spent the next six days slowly wandering back down the locks to Napton and our marina. On Saturday morning Agnes caught the train to Stratford to watch a Comedy of Errors, returning early afternoon, when we set off through the outskirts of Leamington. They were wide eyed, entranced with everything they saw, the ducks & swans, the canal architecture, other boats, our choice of moorings, all delighted and through it all the sun shone, their camera almost went into meltdown.
On Monday morning we walked into the lovely village of Long Itchington, with it’s six pubs and a village pond and the house called ‘Short Scratch’ I like that! The rest of the day was spent moored up alongside the Blue Lias Pub, where we were met by three other friend, Niel, Sonia and Chris and cheekily had a picnic lunch under the willows of the pubs moorings having changed our reservation from lunch to dinner with the pub. The three men spent much of the afternoon napping whilst the ladies nattered. The location was idyllic but the traditional pub food, chips with everything was disappointing.