Wednesday 4th May, 2016 in Weston.
We are off on our summer cruise... "... and May the Fourth be with you!" (Sorry!).
Who would have thought it? After the wettest winter on record and a long, long, cold spring - suddenly summer arrived this morning!
What a joy it was to have glorious sunshine and feel the warmth of the sun.
Finally, well after lunchtime, we said a fond farewell to the Marina staff and headed out on to the canal, turning south towards Weston-upon-Trent.
This first day is always a very special occasion - MM has been spring cleaned inside and out, fully provisioned with food, water and fuel - and to cap it all, the sun shone from a clear blue sky. Bliss!
There is always that wonderful feeling that steals over us as we slip quietly along the waterways. Suddenly any worries and tensions evaporate and vanish gently away. It is the most marvellous feeling.
By 5pm, we had arrived at Weston where our good friends Bridgett and Peter live in a picture-postcard house beside the canal. We had arranged to meet them for dinner and were pleased to find a mooring space right at the bottom of their garden.
The perfect conclusion to the perfect first day!
Today: 4 miles, 1 lock and 2.0 hours