Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Dinner with Bridgett and Peter.

Tuesday 20th October, 2015 at Weston-on-Trent.
M was up early and the morning mist was lingering over the fields but not over the canal.
The resident swan family came eagerly looking for breakfast and squabbled over the food M threw them. "Gerrofff"!
It turned into a beautiful day, with lovely autumn colours and reflections. We set off after second breakfast at the café.
The fallen leaves made a colourful carpet by the bridge.
Our first lock of the day was Hoo Mill, where MM had to wait for another boat to come out of the lock. To our amusement, the boat was boasting pumpkins on her roof in readiness for Halloween.
Weston Lock was the only other lock today. The paddles produced a lot of turbulence in the water.
A lovely sight awaited us after Weston Bridge - a perfect mooring spot (one of our favourites) right at the bottom of Bridgett and Peter's garden. They were diligently working in the garden and came out to greet us.
We had a wonderful tour round their garden before joining them for tea in Jubilee Cottage. Even at this time of year, when everything is dying back, their garden is still a picture.
They had very kindly invited us for supper, so we closed up MM and walked back through their garden gate to the house. The setting sun cast a golden light on MM and, high in the sky a half-moon was surrounded by a beautiful misty halo.
Today: 3 miles, 2 locks and 4.3 hours.
Trip: 509 miles, 344 locks and 378.8 hours.

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