Day tripping David

It’s Tuesday and we’ve planned a day trip.  My good friend and Chew Valley Beer Festival beer-choosing companion, Dave Thomas is coming over for a Day Trip. We plan to do a gentle chug eastwards to Honeystreet & back.

Dave at the helm

And Dave on the beer . .

Interesting place, this Barge Inn (look it up ) – it’s got new owners (one week!) and it looks set to be a lovely pub (again).

A piccie Dave took – looks like I’m SO confident I can drive the boat with my eyes shut

Ah, yes my 6 hour job of removing wooden battens and silicon sealant and then the broken glass – this is the before picture:

and here’s the after:

It was only a round trip of 14 miles but took us 6 hours chugging (plus one for liquid lunch). Slow going as it was shallow and we followed the odd Muppet trying to drive their wide boat anywhere but up the canal.

Now Adagio is in her temporary, permanent berth until mid September when we move up to Yelvertoft. She’s next to a lovely boat, owned by Beryl who is approaching 80 (from the wrong direction!) and only took to living on a boat 3 years ago. Unfortunately, she’s retiring from the boat world and visiting her son in Australia (yes, she is a keen and sprightly lady) – her boat will be for sale soon (ask at the marina) – lovely boat!

Well, that’s my 3 and a half day visit ended, lots of jobs done. Had a weird experience with the battery bank – seemed to have been drained … voltage was only 11.8 V … must have put the gas central heating into electric mode or sommit … but is was cold this morning – frost on top of the boat!  There’s always something to do on a boat …  off to Whitstabubble for Easter.

(Beryl’s boat to the right of Adagio)