Most of our stay at Kirkstead Bridge was very quiet..Petroc is at the far end of the pontoon. Later on Saturday we were joined by a couple of other boats but it was nowhere near as busy as we had expected.
Our visitors arrived in time for coffee on Saturday, Brian & Joy and Jerry. Apart from Brian whom Geoff & I had seen in the last couple of years it was considerably longer since we had seen either Joy or Jerry. In fact Joy and I decided it was 37 years ago.......but it was lovely to catch up with old friends. We repaired to the Petworth Hotel in Woodhall Spa for a good lunch, punctuated by plenty of old war stories from the gentlemen....well not quite the war. The Petworth's claim to fame is that it was the Officers Mess of 617 Dam Busters Squadron. In fact in the grounds they have the remains of one of Barnes Wallis' bouncing bombs.
We had decided on an early start to Sunday as we wanted to get through Lincoln so at 7am we were en route. It was yet another lovely run on this river, the sun shone and we gently made our way to Lincoln.