Tuesday, 1 September 2015

and still the rains came

We decided to move up on Sunday morning as we were expecting Tony & Di at lunch time and as the weather was (yet again) iffy we had abandoned the idea of a walk to the pub at Framilode.  A wise decision as we had some very heavy showers.

A good lunch was had at the Ship again..

Some of the party were quite merry!!
Barney is not always keen on posing for the camera
Monday was a huge wash out...in fact the television today reported that it was the wettest August Bank Holiday on record.   It certainly felt like it where we were.  No prizes for guessing what we did all day..........good job we have lots of books on board.  However this morning showed some improvement.   We moved less than a mile back to our lovely mooring just before Splatt bridge with the view right across to the Severn Estuary.

The difference from when we moored here last week is that the fields
between us and the estuary are now partly flooded.
It was a good morning and I even managed some time on the bank lazing in my chair.

Not a normal site on a canal.
Best of luck when you depart at Sharpness.
Frampton upon Severn Church in the background
By lunchtime the clouds had gathered and force me indoors.   We had a thunderstorm this afternoon and when I took Barney for his after tea stroll......
...we got caught in a very heavy downpour and had to take refuge under some trees
before scurrying back to Petroc when it had eased off a little.
The forecast for tomorrow is more of the same but we hope for a dry morning to wend our way towards Gloucester.  The idea is to position ourselves for an early departure on Thursday through Gloucester Lock to catch the last of the tide towards Tewkesbury.   However this will depend on what the lock keeper says about the state of the Severn after all this rain.  Watch this space!

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