Today is my birthday... I've had a bit of a lay in (it was 5.48 when I got up) and are currently sitting in front of the fire (that I've lit myself) looking out over the countryside in Silsden. We hadn't planned to come this far yesterday but as it was a lovely warm and sunny afternoon (and the forecast for today was grim) we thought we'd chug on a bit further once we'd gone up the Bingley 3 and 5 rise's.
Rewinding to Apperley Bridge for a moment - when we moored up there on Saturday afternoon it was glorious... so much so, I was actually sun-bathing on the roof for a couple of hours whilst Andy read and watched the world go by... when I say go by not in the case of 3 rather
Oddly, for whatever reason, on this occasion i wwasn't in the least bit bothered by them... I seem to be adopting a 'live and let live' approach these days. OK so they were a bit crass but for all their drinking and larking around, they weren't being offensive to anyone and generally interacted with passers by in a friendly fashion... especially the
Andy on the other hand took against them ... and as with all "niggles" ... once they start, it's hard to stop them festering lol.
LUCK was on his side as eventually it rained and they cleared off.
We'd moored just near the entrance to the marina (not in the way of course) and looking out of the hatch we saw this unsual family unit...
It promised to be a lovely day and after an electric swing bridge, we had a twin lock with the wataer point at the top.
Whilst the tank filled, the washing went in the dryer and an old man appeared in his pjs from a boat moored near the water point... I though he was going to complain about the engine running but he was a solo boater and just fancied a chat - smashing old fellow and (considering it was sitll before 7am) quick witted and sharp as a pin.
Once full, we pottered along towards Bingley and encountered our first (proper) staircase of the day....
They leaked quite a bit so the front of our boats got a wash no matter WHAT we did - them like us being circa 58ft, it was quite a tight fit.
Along with the views one side and on occasions the gardens the other, we felt blessed.