(Boat Chalice- posted by Alan)
|The whole Marsworth reservoir group is full to capacity for once.|
|Odin performs enthusiastically to the command "Touch!"|
Fortunately the recent storms seem to have done nothing bad - the cover over the front deck was in tact, there was even still a cap on the chimney, and none of the fallen trees had managed to hit us. The engine was a bit reluctant to start, and ran a bit rough for a minute or two, but fortunately quickly settled down.
|Marsworth top lock|
Cath, Odin and I enjoyed a pleasant evening in the Anglers Retreat, although it has to be said that their choice for vegetarians is now very poor. It is unusual for Cath to leave much of a meal, but she disliked their vegetarian curry enough that she did just that. This is a great shame, because the White Lion in Marsworth is now long term closed, with little prospect of reopening, and the Red Lion is also a disaster area for vegetarian food, (although like the Anglers still fine as a drinking pub). We have gone from a situation where we had a choice of meals in three pubs at a location close to our mooring, where now effectively we have none. I think we will be eating on board for future trips, so that is further custom they have lost.
|Odin watches from a favourite spot on the boat.|
So, our boating start to 2014, and the first year in which Cath, like me, is in retirement, A slow start, but we plan to do lots more!
Round trip to Bulbourne via Marsworth Locks
Miles: 5.4, Locks: 18
Total Miles: 5.4, Locks: 1