Dilemma, dilemma! Decisions, decisions!
So when Cath and I manage to grab a few consecutive days, and actually produce some positive results, clearly we would dearly like to keep up the momentum, and do more of the same.
My skirmishes with multiple hospitals have not helped, and it seems that we are constantly torn between progressing with the "new" boat, or actually going out and doing the fun things we love.
We missed the Rickmansworth Festival last year, (and several other events as well), because then it was Odin who was having his own "hospital moment". So we very much wanted to do it this year, but it would stop us progressing "Flamingo". Curiously the idea of a week or so of boating has won over from cleaning engine room bilges, repairing fractured oil pipes, or trying to stop a central heating system from emptying out its water on a regular basis.
|Sharing Grove Lock|
However we didn't want to make life too easy for ourselves, so Cath had also promised we would manage to get near Ivinghoe, where she does Morris on a Tuesday evening! We left Sickle's mooring late enough to make this a bit of a challenge(!)
|Ivinghoe Top Lock|
Normally the journey up through what boatmen used to call "the Fields" at Ivinghoe seem very sedate, with lots of hold ups. Today, however, we got lucky, with many of the locks not only empty, but with bottom gates open so we could motor right in. If I'm honest, only this luck got us to where we wanted to be in time, but in the end we did easily.
|Seabrooke Top Lock - Last of the day.|
Not just Cath and I, but also Odin, were all collected by car, (thanks Peter!), and taken to Cath's Morris session - I'm becoming a bit of a Morris "camp follower" these days, it seems! The pub in Ivinghoe is dog friendly, so a much appreciated drink was enjoyed to round off the day.
Oh - did I mention it was my birthday? No? Well it was, and very good to be boating again! I had an excellent birthday!
Fenny Stratford to Cooks Wharf
Miles: 15.0, Locks: 15
Total Miles: 15.0, Locks: 15