Well, finally we are off, just like the policemen in "Pirates of Penzance" - we go, we "really, really go!" Actually we "went" a few days ago - but we have had such fun that we have only just got around to writing up our diary!
After the "Big Breakfast" in the marina bistro, and collecting from Nick (the butcher in the marina farm shop) the packs of meat that he had prepared and frozen for us, we set off at last. We knew that it would be a happy/sad moment to leave the marina but took comfort from the fact that we will be back in two weeks.
The morning was bright as we turned out of the marina. It was like the first ever day of our travels back in 2011. MM was sparkling on the inside and pristine on the outside with her gleaming brass and fresh paintwork. The fridge, freezer, cupboards and wine cellar were all stocked up and the sun was shining. Who could ask for more?
As we pulled out of our berth A22, Captain Guy was on hand to supervise.
We stopped for lunch opposite the Wedgwood factory beside a field of buttercups. We had moored in the same spot last year when we had visited the factory.
We moored in the same spot where we stayed last autumn when Erika, Dan and Lucas came to visit, with two beautifully restored bottle kilns on one side and the local cemetary on the other. A quiet and peaceful mooring yet just a short distance from the city centre.
Today: 10 miles, 12 Locks and 6.8 hours