As we were passing our old mooring at Roundhill Wharf we saw that NB Aurora was getting ready to leave. We had a quick word with them and discovered that they had finally sold the apartment at Roundhill Wharf and were moving their boat up to Audlem. They were intending to live on the boat
As we only needed to get to Stourport today we had a leisurely start and set off just after nine. The weather had changed overnight and it was much cooler than the previous days. A quiet, uneventful run up to the Hampstall Inn at Astley Burf. The pub has recently put in excellent new moorings.
Up earlyish and had breakfast before 8:00 so we could be ready when the bridgekeeper came on duty. Heddi walked to Sainsbury’s to get a few things and I followed with the boat after the bridge had opened. We called the lock keeper who said that we may have to wait as they had some
Up earlyish as we had arranged to meet Heddi’s sister Pauline at 11:30 at Hempstead bridge. She lives in the Forest of Dean so nearer Gloucester is more convenient. Also we wanted to start back up the river early on Saturday morning so being near Gloucester would make that easier. After a some confusion regarding
Rachel, Steve, Penny & Phil arrived at about 10:30. We showed Penny & Phil around, they hadn’t been on a narrowboat before, and seemed to be impressed. It was a lovely, clear, warm sunny day and we set off northwards with the three men at the back and the three women at the front. There
The day started off cold & grey, but we thought that we would go for a walk anyway as we hadn’t been very active over the last few days. So with Izzy in the buggy we set off up the towpath to Fretherne bridge and back through the village. The rest of the morning was
Nikki & Izzy surprised us by arriving about 10:30, we weren’t expecting them until lunchtime. We decided to pop up to Saul to use the DIY pumpout machine. The tank wasn’t full, but we have a week with various guests visiting each day and it could be a bit awkward if the loo is out