SATURDAY 22ND MAY 2001
We were sorry to realise that we had missed Carol & George and Molly the Patterdale terrier, of N.B. Rock & Roll. Hopefully we might catch up with you as we head further North. And also thanks to Jonson for his encouraging comment.
Marilyn and Brian left Surrey at about 6am and were onboard by 10 o’clock. Transferring luggage from car to SKYY was simple as we were tied up right along side the road at Marsh Lane Bridge, it also seemed a safe place to leave their car for a few nights.
We moved on immediately, the weather was hot, so the legs were put out to air in shorts for the first time this year. We took on water and disposed of rubbish just after the aqueduct and then gently cruised on, finally mooring just after the Bunbury Staircase locks. We did indulge in the Bunbury Shuffle as there was two of us going down and one coming up and when we met in the middle we all managed to wiggle past each other, saving time and water.
The folding table and chairs was set up on the wide towpath where we wined and dined, in this lovely wooded section of the canal and we sat out until well after 11pm playing cards by candlelight. Oh! it must be said that all the photos used to illustrate the next few day were taken by Marilyn.