Monday, 6 July 2015

A Special Delivery & Off the River

Monday 6th July
We had a surprise call last night, the couple who we were buying our pup from said they would bring her to us to save us hiring a car! So we now have a new crew member....

This is Jazz & she has been very good and we were only up twice in the night with her & she settled into her cage and it will keep her safe while we are doing locks etc.
We had a good mooring last night and it was easy for Michelle & Ben (the breeders) to find us. 

We were away this morning about 7.40 am and didn't have far to go before we were at our first lock of the day which was Robert Aickman Lock. Not too far is Bidford on Avon which looked a lovely place but we didn't stop as we wanted to crack on today, there were signs warning us of work being carried out at Bidford Bridge and to sound horn as approaching the bridge.

Approaching Bidford Bridge

As we passed through the bridge there was a boat with a digger on it and it was picking all the bricks that had fallen into the river after a recent accident on the bridge!

This swan was on her nest it seems a bit late for cygnets?
By the time we were approaching the lock at Welford the weather started to change, once again the rain came so it was back to jackets and we moored just after the lock for something to eat. It was pouring down but by the time we had eaten it eased slightly and so Kev let go the ropes and we were on our way again while I washed the pots and kept Jazz company until the next lock. It did stop raining when we finally got to Stratford Upon Avon and we managed to get moored in Bancroft Basin, lots of tourists watching as we got through the lock here. We have got an appointment at one of the vets here so Jazz will have her first injection.