A slow, relaxing start to the day, after all it is a Sunday. Marmite came and slept on the bed again, she then made it quite clear that she had no food in her bowls and wanted feeding, so after a morning cuppa, we were both up and dressed.
Keith started a cooked breakfast, whilst I took Paddy out for his walk around the block. It was beautifully warm out, with the sun doing its best to poke through the clouds. After breakfast, I started to prepare the boat for the off, which did not take place until 10.15am, which is a late start for us. Firstly we had to visit the sanitary station, where I emptied the toilet cassette and got rid of rubbish, whilst Keith nattered to a gentleman about our engine. She always gets a lot of attention and always in a nice way. People always want to know what it is and how old. The sound of our National DA2 is a real crowd drawer, because people have never heard anything like her before. If only those who built her back in 1945 could see her now, I wonder what they would think of her being in a working boat?
Whilst Keith waited, I went and worked the lock because there was a boat in front of us already going up. Lock emptied Keith bought the boat in. As I opened the paddles a whole load of lycra clad cyclists pulled alongside the lock to stop at the tearoom, so we had an audience whilst the boat came up in the lock.
We only did a short journey this morning, we are now moored between Bullock’s Lane bridge No.9 and Oldington bridge No.10, between Stourport-on-Severn and Kidderminster, it took all of an hour to get here. The sun is out and it is very warm, I can see so some topping up of the suntan after lunch, because we have no TV signal, so we won’t be watching the Grand Prix :(, Good luck to our boys. Since mooring up, I have had the paint brush out on one of the back cabin doors, which was losing its red paint. I may be tempted into doing some more later, but I will see after all it is Sunday, so it should be a day of rest.
Have a lovely day. Chat soon xx