We also had another visitation from the swan family before we left for the Rising Sun. They must have followed us all the way back to Shackerstone, a total of about 3 miles. Having left them looking well at Snarestone this morning, they arrived at the boat just after 6pm. I first became aware of the family when a knocking on the side of the boat made me look out of the galley window. I was happy to see them after the upset of yesterday and even though we were down to our last crust of bread, I pushed open the window to give them their supper. Now I wonder........ do swans remember???? No sooner had I started throwing the bread through the open window then the Cob launched itself at me hissing and pecking at the window frame, side of the boat and anything else that he could try to grab hold of. I jumped back pretty smartly I can tell you. I did continue to feed the cygnets but had to aim the bread through the window from a distance. I dont know if this family are exceptionally hungry but the Pen stole most of the bread from the mouths of her children. Is this normal behavior I wondered? Especially as the cygnets are still quite young and totally reliant on the parents. Having closed the window to stop any more attack on the boat, they swam off in the direction of the aqeduct.
|Looks like the Cob is giving me the evil eye!|
Today we have traveled the grand total of 1 mile. Our aim was to find a mooring with a wide enough towpath to store our roof furniture while we painted the roof and definitely no overhanging trees. We found exactly what we were looking for by bridge 47.
|Roof ready for a wash|