Saturday, 28 May 2016

Back in Gloucester

Look carefully, can you spot the other cygnet on her back 
Yesterday we walked into Frampton on Severn.  A pretty village with supposedly the largest village green. Then after lunch we walked to Framilode and to the banks of the River Severn. After much walking we ended up again at Frampton, in the Three Horseshoes where we had pie.  One end cauliflower cheese, middle mash potato with veg then the other end steak and kidney. All with a crispy pie crust on top. 😋
Then when walking back we spotted this swan with her cygnets. They were both on her back when we first saw them.

We are now back in Gloucester and this is us waiting for 5 o'clock to hear the chimes! Tomorrow we move on to Tewkesbury.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Moored at Saul Junction 

We arrived here this afternoon following a short cruise from Shepherd's Patch. Falcon was fine after being on her own for the weekend. We had an amazing time at Alec and Sheree's party, catching up with several people we hadn't seen in a while. Apart from that we only had chance to catch up with family.
My trip to the dentist didn't go well. She couldn't get the tooth out, so now I have a swollen face and another appointment in August 😭
Will probably look around here and Frampton on Severn tomorrow, moving on to Gloucester on Saturday.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Gloucester Docks

View by our mooring in the Docks
 We had a good trip down the River Severn despite it being Friday 13th.  Arriving in time to have a look around the shops at The Quays mall. Whilst there we met Janet and Paul, friends from Plymouth, visiting Gloucester to meet up with their friend Ann and Pete. So we all piled back on board for a cuppa.
Maritime Church
On Saturday we met up with Jane and Kelly, friends who are staying nearby in their motor home.
We had arranged this, so not a surprise. Their friend Malcolm was with them. So we spent some time together over the weekend. We cruised on to the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal on Sunday as far as Shepherd's Patch to meet up with them again. Yesterday, with all 5 of us on board we cruised to Sharpness, where we are still. The Canal is very wide and deep as it can take sea going vessels, though not very many these days.
View of River Severn and the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal by our mooring.

On Friday we will be heading briefly to Plymouth to go to Sheree and Alec's birthday celebrations on Saturday. Then on Monday I am having a wisdom tooth out. Not so much fun!
So bye for now!

Friday, 13 May 2016

To Worcester and on to the River Severn

We took about 3 days to get to Worcester mooring by a park just next to this milestone. It was a short walk into the centre of the city and we spent Wednesday exploring. We went in the lovely Cathedral and also to look at the Severn.

First or last milestone,
depends which way you are going!

Worcester Cathedral
 Yesterday we traveled 4 more locks on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal. The last 2 are double locks and we were luck enough to have a boat to share with. Just as well as the last gates were very heavy and we needed the help of a muscular gongoozler! Then out on to the River and on to Upton-on-Severn where we spent the night.
Setting off this morning, our next lock now will take us into Gloucester Docks, from there we will be back on Canal.
Coming out of Diglis Lock, our first on the River Severn

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Chateau Impney

One night of luxury!
This was taken on Thursday after our afternoon tea. We had a stroll around the garden and had a look at the River before going back to our room for a soak in the bath!  All too soon it was time to get ready for dinner. Our room was at the top on the left, under the spire bit.
Now back out on the cut. 3 more locks and we will be back on the Birmingham and Worcester Canal heading for Worcester.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Still in Droitwich

We had a very hectic weekend, having offered to help out organising with the festival we were kept very busy! Paul did manage to display our engine but not as much as he'd hoped! Saturday and Monday we were on the gate letting Traders in at 7am. We worked hard, but enjoyed ourselves and met some lovely people.
One of the guys gave Paul advice on how to finish off the fender he'd been making, which as you can see he's now done!
Paul's first fender
We are now moored in the basin and the sun is shining. We are treating ourselves to a night in Chateau Impney tomorrow night. It's our Birthday present to each other for this year.
It will probably be Saturday before we move on.