The plan was for me to take FS to Peartree to use the facilities and Ian would take the car and meet me there. Waved farewell to Ian after he pushed the bow out and I was surprised how quiet the waterway was. No boat at all on the move and even the row upon row of CM's usually present on this stretch had gone. Yes there were still the few and not displaying a licence but, all in all, it was a very pleasant couple of miles travel. Got to Milton Keynes Marina just before the facilities and was looking to see if Ian had arrived, when a quick glance in the marina entrance showed a boat ready to depart. Turns out it was Jennie and Chris on Tentatrice
Having pulled in to wait for another boat to finish filling with water and with no sign of Ian, Chris and Jennie pulled alongside for a natter. Then after a few minutes Ian joined us. Turns out he was parked in the pub car park after all but a white van obscured his view of FS. Anyway we eventually waved farewell to Jennie and Chris with the hope that maybe we will see them next year. Will have to keep an eye on their blog.
Having got to the tap it was another 3/4 hour before both tanks were full. This must be the slowest tap on the GU and we felt sorry for a Wyvern Hire boat waiting for us to finish. We had to be full you see, as once we get to Newlands we won't be moving again for at least 2 weeks. The loo we can take to the services by car but water is a different matter. Ian once again went off in the car leaving me to do the final mile by myself.
Saw this on a boat and was shocked that this practice was going on. I think we should report this to the PCDST (Prevention of Cruelty to Defenseless Stuffed Toys). What do you think.
Ian met me at the road bridge and said a boat had just left on our preferred mooring. Right at the end of a line though and by a bush overhanging the water. Cuts the channel by half but we are hoping against hope that one boat will move off so we can get clear of it. Many of these boats are here for years so don't hold out much hope.
Had a comment from Carol on a post on Still Rocking
about how she had taken photos of a duck eating Crab apples. Yesterday I posted about a swan attempting to eat one. Funnily enough, on my way to Newlands, I also saw ducks trying to eat them. What would happen if the apples started to ferment. What a sight to see.... ducks and swans staggering along the towpath.