TUESDAY 6TH TO SUNDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER 2011
I had been invited to the annual reunion, on Tuesday, of several of my colleagues from my past business life, all 65 years old now and drawing our State pensions. I missed last years gathering and was determined to make this one; London Midland sped me efficiently from Coventry to London and back for lunch at the RAC Club in Piccadilly, very posh!
Wednesday, and we started back to Hawksbury Junction, where Angela and David visited us for the day on Thursday. They have just traded up to a twin engine 31ft sea going cruiser, which they keep on the Great Ouse at Bedford, but David found the handling of a single screw boat that is nearly twice as long and probably twice as heavy quite a challenge on this windy day. At least it didn’t rain and we returned to the junction for dinner on board before sending them on their way.
The next day we again relaxed before Janice, Kevin and Finley, their miniature Schnauzer arrived on Saturday for the weekend. It was Finley that helped us decide that a Schnauzer was the right breed of dog for us and what a good decision that was. Once all was onboard we set of North and soon turned onto the Ashby Canal, it is over two years since we visited the Ashby and it is still as delightful as we remembered. We turned around and overnighted just short of Stoke Gold and in the morning Jacquie set us up for the day with smoked salmon, bagels and scrambled eggs.
Once again a table had been booked at the Greyhound Pub at Hawksbury and we moored up in good time to make ourselves look beautiful before enjoying another excellent meal. Both the dogs had been left on the boat and seemed quite content when we got back, but they soon had to say goodbye when we walked Janice and Kevin, by torchlight, back to their car and waved them off.