Sunday 1st January 2012
Having had an excellent year last year from the boating viewpoint we decided to begin the year in a suitable manner.
We knew we wouldn't be out for very long, but it was important for us to get out on the boat. We set off at about 2 pm on Jan 1st, but were fairly soon overtaken by rain so we stopped only 3 locks from our home mooring.
|beginning to rain|
A vegetable stew with cobbler was put onto the stove and we opened a bottle of Pinot and spent the evening playing cards and talking about what we want from this new year. Mostly we agreed that spending as much time on the boats as possible is very important.
It was a cold night, with the temperature outside falling to about 3 degrees, but inside we were warm.
We made proper porridge with oatmeal, then finally set off at about 11 am. We really only planned to get to Slapton so that we could wind and start the journey back. Despite being cold - probably only about 5 or 6 degrees C - it was bright - and a little windy. Not suprisingly there were very few other boats moving, but quite a lot of walkers, joggers, and cyclists on the towpath.
|Bright sunlight, between Ivinghoe locks|
|Ivinghoe upper lock|
|Nearly home, not long to sunset|
Miles: 6.0, Locks:12