Friday, 29 May 2009

Onto the Avon

Thursday 28th May(9 miles 7 locks)
We bought our Avon license yesterday (£55 for 15 days) and after a wander round Stratford we set off about 11. Much later than usual for us so the tourists were out in force to watch us through the lock.

A gentle drop down onto the Upper Avon and quite spectacular when you emerge from the lock

Just a short way down we passed Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare is buried.

Geoff walked the first two locks but then came aboard. Barney prefers to walk we think so this is his pose to show his displeasure.

The weather is now being so kind to us and we moored at Bidford on Avon at teatime. The mooring was by a large recreation ground so there were lots of people around at first but eventually they all went home and it was a delightful spot.

Friday 29th May (8 miles 4 locks 3 hours)

A shorter day today for the run down to Evesham. Once again the weather has been kind. We shall stay here for the weekend as we are expecting visitors. Boe leaves us tomorrow. She has managed to catch up on a fair amount of sleep whilst on board but has also managed some work. She is coming to the end of her 1 year Post Graduate Teaching Course. She spent most of the trip today sitting on the roof in her nightie and on her phone!!

The lock keepers cottage at Evesham is real....lock keeper as well! An unusual design as you can see below.

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