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

Wednesday 11 August 2021

Hayling Island – Monday 9th August

Just a brief post to say that after packing up the boat we set out on our journey home, and it wasn’t the best journey home that we have had – school holidays, I guess. 

I’ll try and sum up our 5 week cruise.  We discovered that the first part of the trip on the Grand Union and South Stratford were really just a means to get to the River Avon, and it was the same coming back.  We do this when we go to the Thames too.  We need to stop this and enjoy the waterway we are on – it isn’t an A road!!  We love the Avon, and it was soooo quiet.  It wasn’t until we got back onto the canals that we realised how busy August is.  However, from what I’ve heard the canals we were on were a lot quieter than some.  We heard of waits of 4 hours at locks!  We had wanted to get down to the Sharpness, but 5 weeks doesn’t really allow for that. 

Anyway, we are now at home and I’m trying to get into big ship cruise mode as on Saturday we are off on a 7 day round the UK cruise from Southampton on Celebrity Silhouette.  We cruise anti clockwise round the UK and stop in Inverness, Belfast and Portland.  We are only planning on getting off in Belfast. 

We covered 151 miles and did 192 locks all on one tank of diesel which Richard is very pleased about. 

We will be back in the middle of September to take Mary H to Debdale Marina to have her bottom shot blasted and zinc sprayed with black epoxy.  

Today’s photos are ones from our trip which I couldn’t fit in before!

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