I am Linda and along with my husband Richard and our dog Muffin we enjoy our summers on the UK's canal system

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Below Thurmaston Lock (River Soar) – Saturday 31st August

We had a trip away of mixed emotions.  It was lovely to see Penny and Jim but really sad to go to yet another funeral.  This funeral was Richard’s niece who died of cancer aged 40 and who has left 2 young daughters behind.

The funeral was near Bodmin and as we have friends who live locally we took the opportunity of catching up with them too.
 
Below Thurmaston Lock
We came back to the boat last night via Bristol where we caught up with another of Richard’s nieces.  I do like Bristol - it does seem to be a very nice city.

Richard took the car back this morning and then we waited for our Tesco delivery – I really could get used to this type of shopping!  We had lunch and then set off back down river for the night.  In fact we only went through Thurmaston lock where we found a nice mooring place.  We had only just moored up when another boat came in behind us and moored up.  I looked at the name and recognised it as one of the blog boats I follow – it was Ray and Diane from NB Ferndale.  I’m sure there may be other Ferndales on the canals but this one has Melbourne on the side too!  Diane had recognised Mary H too. 
 
Ray and Diane
We spent a very pleasant afternoon chatting about Australia and what makes Australians come over here and take to the canals.  Diane was born in Wales (Ferndale to be exact) and emigrated with her parents at an early age.  Ray is Australian though his grandfather was British.  They are accompanied on their travels by Banjo an apricot Cockapoo!  Muffin thought his luck was in but soon discovered that, at 12, Banjo wasn’t really up for rough playing.  I love times like this when we can just chill out and chat with like minded and lovely people J

 
Leicester Marina to below Thurmaston Lock
0.2 miles
1 lock

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