The map shows you where we have been moored for the last week or so but we are now on our way to Rugby and moored near bridge 81 on the North Oxford Canal. We are finally on the move and if the weather permits should be making progress into new territory within the next few days.
We ended up staying another week near Stockton while Jim and Chris got some necessary electrical work done to their boat NB Sylph. We didn’t waste the time, making several trips to Warwick, Leamington Spa and Banbury (even though we were heading to Stourport but that is another story entirely!!), getting a few jobs done and helping Chris select an outfit for her daughter’s wedding in February. I think Bob and Jim enjoyed their boy’s time too!!!!
We were also successful in getting in a supply of medications for Bob’s eye and seeking medical advice re Bron’s cold which has ended up being a virus requiring 2-6 weeks of patience. Not likely!!!!
When we finally returned to Braunston, mooring in our favourite spot, we had the privilege of going to visit our friends Max and Jenny in Youlgreave, Derbyshire. We were there a year ago as we searched for Celtic Maid and celebrated our ownership of her 2 days ago on the 17th December – wow a whole year!!!!
Whilst in Youlgreave we met Max and Jenny’s son Joe, his partner Gemma, and 4 year old daughter Maisie, for breakfast. Maisie kept us all in line playing in the cubbyhouse and climbing over the play equipment. She certainly is a treat to be around! We also visited the spa town of Buxton and took in its many beautiful sights including the opera house. Whilst tempted to attend the pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, the thought of sharing the audience with a few hundred school children deterred us. Jenny and Bron got a sneak peak in the theatre and it is just gorgeous. We settled for a coffee in the chocolate shop and a walk around the shops – much more relaxing! Max drove us around the area which is very beautiful despite the bleak weather. We can see why they like living in this part of the country.
There are several photos of our time with Max and Jenny in the gallery. One memorable moment was when Bron exclaimed “I can see a rainbow” which coincided with Joe bending over to help Maisie, and his response “Is that what they call a plumbers crack in Australia?” There really was a rainbow and photo to prove it!!! And Max and Jenny shared their special friends with us too!!!
We hope to find a nice mooring and will spend Christmas catching up with family and friends on skype and maybe having a drink or two with Chris and Jim. We do hope all our followers have a wonderful Christmas with the special ones in their lives and that you keep safe and happy.