Monday, 1 April 2013

Braunston to Stretton Stop

At least it wasn't raining! It was pretty cold for cruising, though. (I'm writing this listening to the lovely sound of a freight train rattling past our mooring ...)

The day started with a car/bike shuffle so that our car would be at Wigram's Turn waiting for us at the end of the cruise. I drove up to Willoughby, and then down to Shuckborough and on towards Napton. The cycle back to Braunston was against the cold wind, but through very pleasant countryside. A phone call from David came to say that he was on Jubilee, being shown round by Ally and Ben. It was the first time he'd seen it.

We set off from Braunston at about noon, pausing an hour or so later at Willoughby to pick up David, Penny and Fergus. Then Adrian joined us at Rugby to complete the crew.

We didn't stop again until Stetton Stop where we tied up bang on schedule at 7 pm. (I have planned for seven hours of cruising per day.) For food we walked into Brinklow, looked at the Bull's Head (which had been recommended to us by some towpath walkers) and then went to the Shilpa Indian restaurant adjacent to and part of the White Lion pub. This was excellent. Atmosphere, food, service - apart from when the owner queried whether the drinks had been included in the bill - they had - all good.

Will post now - laptop battery running out...

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