We thought that we would have a weekend onboard to make sure everything was OK, do a bit of winter preparation, and also fit in some Christmas shopping. About 6 o’clock on Friday we arrived to a very cold, and slightly damp, boat. I lit the fire, turned on the central heating and then we wlaked along the towpath to the Watermill for a meal while the boat warmed up. The Windmill is a marstons “Two for one” pub. Two main courses and two drinks came to £11.85, at that price I didnt expect much, but was pleasantly surprised. The Windmill is only about 100yds from the mooring but we had never been there before. I’m sure we will again.
It had rained heavily during the night and the morning stated off very cold. We went off in search of the Motaquip shop in Dixon St. I had previously rung them about fuel filter VFF 113, which was proving difficult to find. The shop was difficult to find too, but they had the filter in stock so I bought two. Then we walked along the towpath to the Range in search of Christmas presents. Back to the boat for lunch of hot soup to warm us up, then more shopping in the afternoon. Normally I hate this sort of shopping, but knowing that the boat is only about ten mnutes walk away makes it bearable 🙂
Supper of a beef stew that had been cooking all day in the slow cooker and then early to bed.
The weather was clear and bright, so after a warming breakfast of porridge, we set off along the towpath to Wolverly Court lock. As we have passed the lock previously we had seen walkers using a footpath across the field on the non towpath side. This isnt marked on an OS map, but is well used. So we thought that we’d investigate and try to find a way back to Kidderminster. Just as we set off we spoke to someone in a hivis jacket who warned us of a “Santa fun run” along the towpath that morning. Soon we were surrounded by about a hundred runners all in Santa gear!
On the way back, after crossing the lock, there were still some Santa stragglers, mostly walking, along the towpath. The sfternoon was mstly spent on board doing a few jobs and reading magazines.
Breakfasted at about 8:00, tidied and cleaned the boat then off home via Bewdley. We had intended to call at the Deli to buy some stuff as a present for Mike, but they close on Mondays !