You'll recall the plan was to have a chug out to see our old neighbours and have a night or two away from the Easter hoards expected on our home mooring.
Well, that did happen to a point... although we ended up back here last night rather today as planned - mainly due to the rain (and mosquitoes).
Before we could set off on Saturday, I had to call into to collect 50metres of claret leatherette for the caterpillar cars at work - this couldn't happen until 10am when the shop opened. Once done, we returned to the boat, topped up with water and set off. I accidentally "stole" the water point from one of our neighbours who were returning from few weeks away on their Dutch barge... it really was an accident as I hadn't spotted them coming up the cut when we set off. It was ok as by the time they'd turned and moored near the water point, we were nearly full - it did give us a chance for a proper introduction (and profuse apologies on my part)... they couldn't have cared less. Lovely couple... especially so as they said they'd been admiring the porthole covers I'd made - him having made square ones a while back and wishing he'd made circular ones. That's a nice feeling as I DID put a lot of work into them.
Anchor out and connected and we were off! Once on the river, we came cross a couple of boats coming downstream - the usual cheery wave and slight course adjustment later and we were back on to the next section of canal.
Another first for us... going UNDER the M1 on the river rather than footpath - I hate that road having spent several hours a day on it when I was working in I.T.