Monday, 11 June 2012

Staying in Market Harborough

Yesterday (Sunday) we had planned to leave Market Harborough but, as we received a text from Chris and Les on nb Eleventh Heaven saying that they were making their way to Market Harborough today with Bill and Eileen on nb New Dawn, we decided to stay put and meet up with them.


We went into town in the morning to get a paper and some shopping and spent the afternoon doing a few jobs on the boat and enjoying a rare bit of sunshine sitting on the bow (or at least Oscar did!)


Oscar enjoying the good weather.

We had a call at 2pm to say they were coming down the locks at Foxton, which was teeming with gongoozlers, so we expected them at 4.00pm -  and, as planned, they arrived spot on time…….


Arrival of nb Eleventh Heaven (Braidbars’ show boat at Crick this year)


Arrival of nb New Dawn

Soon we were all sitting on the moorings catching up with wine, nibbles and dips before heading off to the Waterside restaurant for dinner.


The very friendly people at The Waterside Restaurant were perfect hosts and we enjoyed a lovely 3 course meal.  Certainly recommended if your visiting Market Harborough.


Bill, Les, Eileen, Doug, James and Chris.


Afterwards we went back to ‘Chance’ for coffee, port and sloe gin with chocolates kindly donated by Les and Chris as James had eaten all the chocolate on ‘Chance’!


We awoke this morning to heavy rain.  Thought we’d show a picture of an MGM “sandwich”-  made with very good quality Braidbar “bread”.

Stop press:  Oscar has just  fallen off the back of the boat into six feet of water!  Doug managed to pull him (although thought he was never going to come back up!) out with the help of a lady who was walking past. He’s fine (tail still wagging) – he’d have got very wet anyway with the amount of rain we’re having this morning.

We are all meeting on nb Eleventh Heaven for coffee and cake at 10.30am before we finally leave and set off towards Kilby Bridge in the rain!


  1. Oh Oscar, you really must steer clear of that sloe gin! You know it makes an old dog unsteady on his paws. Glad to hear Doug came to your rescue. James, will there be a You Tube Epic of the dramatic event? Take care all aboard Chance.

  2. Poor old Oscar! At least he seems to take it all in his stride.

    Send our regards to the rest of the gang. Watch those levels on the Soar!