Friday 15 May
We left Stourport today before the hordes came for the ‘boat enthusiasts’ weekend’; as well as the fact that our mooring only allowed us to stay until midday. My mum and dad returned as they’d forgotten a piece of our washing (thanks mum!) and also brought a parcel that had been delivered for Barry – a missing part of his brewing kit. Barry jumped up and down on his bike when I told him it had arrived, so now he can really get a move on with the home brew which he's started but has been waiting for the forgotten ingredient!
Mum and dad were persuaded to help with the 3 locks that took us out onto the River Severn...
A pretty bridge just outside of Stourport
Plenty of room for our little Northern Pride
This is what serenity looks like...
Abandoned the life ring and even went down to short sleeves for part of the day - and driving was surprisingly a doddle!!
The Holt Fleet Lock - note the green traffic light on the right hand side
Thomas Telford's bridge at Holt Fleet
Entering one of the locks
Worcester Bridge and the Cathedral in the backgroundWe moored underneath the railway bridge in Worcester; thank goodness the trains stopped at about 11pm and didn’t start again until 0700.
Saturday 16 May
Today there is lots of activity on the river with boat races going on and speed boats speeding past. We are rocking around on our mooring but still holding fast. Barry has gone for a bike ride along the towpath in the wind and the rain, brrrr...
We'll be carrying on down the river later and plan to get to Upton-Upon-Severn this afternoon, a very picturesque village not far from Tewkesbury where we hope to get to on Sunday.
Someone asked me yesterday if I was bored yet - how on earth could anyone be bored doing what we're doing? We're loving it - you never know what the next day is going to bring. Apart from reading the Guardian every few days to catch up on the emerging govermental crisis (not sure why but it it fascinates me, who on earth do they think they are?!!) we busy ourselves reading, writing the blog, playing travel games like ludo and snakes and ladders, eating lovely food, drinking in the boat or the local pub, cruising and looking at the lovely scenery and chatting to local folks (apart from the occasional stuck up ones who don't talk to us!), entertaining visitors, and of course talking to each other and planning what we are doing over the coming days, weeks and months. No, we're definitely not bored...