Monday, 30 July 2012

Lazy Days!

We had a leisurely day on Sunday staying at Tixall Wide.   Ian and Irene invited us on board ‘Free Spirit’ for coffee and wonderful homemade cake mid morning.  We then wandered into the village with Ian to pick up a paper and had a pint on the way back at the pub.


Nb ‘Free Spirit’ winding in “the wide” so they could polish the other side!  James didn’t waste the whole day – he stuck the anti slip bits on the gangplank. In the evening we were invited back to ‘Free Spirit’ for wine and nibbles before returning to ‘Chance’ to cook dinner.


Doug, Irene and Ian enjoying a glass of wine or two!

Today produced a leisurely cruise towards Penkridge but firstly we went back to Great Haywood to fill with water as the water point at Penkridge is above the lock and we planned not to go as far as that today. Oh the complicated and testing logistics of narrow boating!


The view from the side hatch this morning about 6am.  We said our goodbyes to Irene and Ian before they headed off. We’ve had a fantastic weekend with them – they left us with a big chunk of Irene’s superb coffee sponge which we’re having to anchor down to stop it floating away!  We hope to meet up again soon guys!


Ian and Irene on their way to the Trent and Mersey Canal.


Our journey has been punctuated with some short but very heavy showers of rain.  This is the remains of the heaviest one!


The lovely cross-over Milford bridge (no 105) .

We decided to moor up at lunchtime just above Deptmore Lock so we could settle down and watch some of the Olympics.  After another heavy shower just after we got the boat secured we put the washing out and amazingly it has stayed dry all afternoon!  James was soon out tending to ‘Chance’……….


………..another polish so its bound to rain now!


  1. Hi Guys,

    As long as the cake isn't used as 'the anchor'. Seriously though, we had a fantastic time with both of you. Cant wait to do it all again.

  2. Oh and by the way. Love the whirligig

  3. Hi Irene and Ian, the whirligig picture was especially for Ian! Has he got the message yet? xx

  4. PS,

    Love your new blog picture. Ian talked about royalties??

    He still said 'no' to the whirligig!!