We had a very chilled day on Friday - Barry did some engine maintenance and generally messed about doing his boys stuff, while I busied myself doing girlie things like sprucing up the boat and baking some savoury muffins for our lunch guests. I'm constantly amazed at how much I enjoy the fact that we very much take on complimentary gender roles whilst living on the boat - my previous ardent feminism becomes rather unimportant nowadays, it must be due to meeting the 'right' man to share my life with!
Vicki, Phil and Ria-May came to Northern Pride just after 1pm and we had a most enjoyable few hours with them. Ria-May was in awe of the ducks and passing boats, shrieking with joy as we fed the mallards and their offspring handfuls of duck food.
We had a short cruise to another mooring spot just past the Crown pub in Handsacre and Barry took the opportunity to take a few stunning pictures of me and my family ...
Pretty as a picture - Ria-May, Vicki and Phil
Vicki and Ria - May Ria-May inspects Great Aunty Sandra's teeth
We were surprised and delighted to receive a comment on Wednesday's blog from the marketing department at Shugborough Hall who've asked if they can use some of Barry's 'stunning' shots for their web-site - how could we refuse? Rather incredible that Lord Lichfield resided there and yet they want Barry's photos - that's praise indeed of his extraordinary talents I feel!
In the evening we walked the short distance to Vicki and Phil's house for a delicious BBQ, where we also met up with Mathew, my nephew, and later on Becky and Lee, my niece and her partner - unfortunately, despite Barry taking his camera, we all forgot to take any further photos!
This morning we were thrilled to see Captain Ahab's Watery Tales recounting their day out with us last Sunday - what a flattering post, thanks Andy! It was indeed a very special day and we hope to catch up with you all again during the coming months.
Today, Saturday, we've travelled along to Fradley Junction and we're very pleased to say that the sun has been shining most of the morning - the only drawback is that Sandra's hayfever has suddenly emerged with a vengeance :-(