Tuesday 24th June, 2014 at Weston.
Yesterday, we came back up to Stone by train and had a late lunch in the Bistro with our friends Ray and Audrey who moor their narrowboat "Livein-G" here at the marina. Audrey is a superb cook; she makes, and sells for charity, her own lemon curd - a jar of which she gave to M - delicious!
This morning started bright but soon clouded over. The Bistro doesn't serve breakfast on Tuesday (boo!) so we had boiled eggs on board and then walked up to the Bistro for a proper coffee.
We washed down MM's roof and the pontoon side, then took her out to the service bay and filled her with diesel. When we brought her back to her mooring we put her in the other way round so we could wash the other side and fill her with water. Her tubs and troughs of red geraniums are looking splendid!
We could delay no longer. It was an exciting, sad, bittersweet moment - we were off. We pulled away from bay A22, which had been MM's home for the last eight months, and headed for the marina exit.
Soon after, R spotted a flock of lapwings in a field; it's quite rare to see them nowadays as they are sadly in decline due, they say, to modern farming practices. At Sandon Lock we passed the little lime kiln that we had visited last autumn when it was open for just one day and we happened to be passing by. It was now covered in dense undergrowth and, if we hadn't known it was there, we would have missed it.
Sadly they have since moved down to the Forest of Dean so there were no "crates on legs" to greet us today. Boo!
Today: 5 miles, 1 lock and 1.9 hours.