We decided to stay in Newbury today as we were all fairly tired after quite a few days of fairly heavy travelling. Bob and June especially as they haven’t had a “day off” since starting out from Brinklow Marina near Rugby. Our decision to stay was rewarded by almost 100% sunshine which was very warm at times.
Some keen early morning canoeists who stopped for a chat.
This is our mooring in Newbury – very quiet and peaceful even with all the Sunday walkers enjoying the sunshine.
Both boat crews decided it should be a housekeeping and maintenance day. James cleaned everything down after a very wet journey yesterday afternoon when a lot of mud from the towpaths somehow got onto the boat! Some blacking touch up and a bit of blue paint touching up on the gunwale completed the makeover.
Then it was fitting the new chimney assembly which has been waiting in a plastic bag in the locker since Bob and June gave it to us in Oxford. A dry day with the fire out was also a bit of a necessity!
‘Autumn Myst’ received its’ own makeover too!
There’s always time for a cup of tea but this one was especially welcome after all the hard work we’d all been doing.
After tea break Bob and June decided that you can’t leave a job half done. Certainly not when you have a “Harrods Boat”!
After a very fruitful days’ labour we got a call from friends Janet and Gerald (nb ‘Toulouse’) who live in the area and we’ve arranged to meet up with them this evening for a meal and a long awaited catch up chat. We’re very much looking forward to that and introducing them to Bob and June.