We had a very sociable morning in Braunston – after catching up with the progress on the changes to Lesley and Joe’ s boat Yarwood, we had invited them to come and see what we’d done to Willow in the year and a bit since we’d last seen them at Ditchford on the Nene. So they popped round at 11 (giving us time in the morning to straighten out the mess left by several hard days boating and not having the energy for chores). It was lovely to see them and show off Willow! After they’d left we attempted to set off only to discover that Lyra was the wrong side of the chain link fence which separated us from the marina. We eventually got her back with the help of a man on the other side who lifted her over the fence!
Then we headed to the water point and who should we see but Jaq and Les on nb Valerie! We’d not expected to see them so it was a very pleasant surprise. We enjoyed a catch up over a tasty lunch with them and showed them around Willow too.
After all this nattering it was 1pm by the time we set off along the GU towards Stockton. Just after Calcutt locks we passed President and Kildare and then round the corner we had the gratifying experience of having someone on the bank (owners of steam powered BCN day boat Adamant) recognise Willow as a Severner.
We descended Stockton locks sharing with a friendly family on a hire boat and then tied up in Long Itchington at 7pm, and have just returned from a walk around the village before bed.