Thursday we left Hopwas on a late start due to the weather and moved to Alvecote.
At Fazeley Junction it was so lovely to see that the properties had been finished, after standing empty for such a long time.
We arrived at Alvecote and moored opposite the Samuel Barlow.
I suggested we have lunch at the Samuel Barlow, so once we had locked the boat up we walked round to the pug, bought a pint each and ordered our lunch. The food and the beer were fantastic as always. Having had a great lunch meal at “The Samuel Barlow” we sat watching the England – Wales football match on the big television. Well done to England for winning.
After the match finished we went and had a cuppa with Rod on “Biddie”. He and Tracy are friends and a lovely couple. We were to see them again over the weekend.
That evening the storm clouds gathered and it looked like we were in for one hell of a storm, but it actually did not come to that much in the end. It certainly looked good though.
Saturday We went walking down to Pooley country park, whilst the weather was being kind. It is a lovely walk through woodland and the old slagheaps which mother nature has taken for her own. We walked a long the towpath on the way back.
We also crossed over the canal and went to the Benedictine Priory. It was founded 1159 by William Burdett and dissolved in 1536. The surviving building remains date from the 14th century. A ruined medieval dovecote is also present on the site.
Saturday evening we caught up with Rod, Tracy, Viviee and Paul in the Samuel Barlow for a drink in the evening, which was fantastic fun. We had not seen Rod and Tracy for about three years and Viviee and Paul we saw last year at Braunston, so there was a lot to catch-up on. It was so much fun that we did not leave until midnight.