THURSDAY 9TH TO FRIDAY 17TH AUGUST 2012
The river was empty and so beautiful as we travelled downstream to stop at Buckden Marina, we initially moored river side for two days and paid the £10 a night fee at the bar/restaurant reception, the good news was that 50% of the fee is deducted from your bar bill, there is lovely terrace overlooking the attractive marina and the surrounding wooden lodges, there is also a swimming pool and gym here and a mile up the road up the road lies the old village of Buckden with all this thriving community has to offer.
To cut a long story short we were very taken with the place and decided to stay longer. We moved the boat into the marina and hired a car so that we could fully explore the area and potential properties. We had considered that this might be our last year of cruising, but were also discussing cruising plans for next year. We had agreed that we would instinctively know when the time to step ashore for the last time arrived and this definitely felt like the right place.
We have found a bungalow very close to the river which comes with a mooring, so now we are in the usual selling and buying situation, but hope to be able to complete early next year. We could keep SKYY on this mooring, but it would be inappropriate, a small river cruiser would be great for messing about on the river.
Our immediate plan is now to return to Napton, we need to clear the Northampton Arm by the 10th September as it will be closed for three weeks for maintenance and once back spruce SKYY up ready for sale. In the meantime I will continue to blog our return trip up the River Nene, but sadly the adventures of SKYY is coming to an end.
Yes I’ve said it SKYY IS UP FOR SALE, if any readers out there are interested just leave a comment with an email or phone number, comments are only published when I authorise it, so any personal information will not be shown on the web.
Tomorrow we start our return journey, the weather forecast for the weekend looks wonderful and the river is gentle, so hopefully our last cruise will be very enjoyable.