Whilst on the subject of mother's death, I have to say, I WISH pubs,TV and shops would not go all out for the upcoming mothers day ... selfish of me I know but it just feels like they're rubbing salt into my open wounds right now ... commercial self interest on their part being the driving factor NOT the "nice Mothering Sunday" we learned about in primary school - where you spent hours MAKING something for your mum (that she invariably hated but loved the effort) ....instead these days it's all about "the perfect bought gift"... Still, looking on the black side, I suppose I can offset the cost of the freesias I've sent for the past umpteen years against the car hire and speeding fine for the funeral... the speeding fine which finally came through after I declined the 'speed awareness' course... oh I forgot to add - when you speed in a hire car, you ALSO get shafted by the hire -company who charged me another 40 quid to "pass on the letter" - b**tards.
ANYWAY - let's put all that behind us for a while - at least until the next time I'm feeling sorry for myself at least!
Gosh I'm waffling today - sorry...SO, Sunday afternoon we were still moored above lock 42E waiting for after 5 (when the trip boat stops running) to go up to the tunnel entrance... when bugger me, we noticed we were listing... - another boat (that we'd passed moored further down the lock flight) was on it's way up to the tunnel... I'm not good at 'breaking rules' so we waited to the allotted time - my thinking being that I really didn't want to have to reverse back out round the right corner instructed by crt to do so.
AT the correct time, we chugged round and tied up for the night outside the cafe (which btw is currently closed for a refurb) . It's not a very quiet place to moor - what with the train line being SO close AND the water gushing down the Colne over the railway - suffice to say when morning came, we awoke bleary-eyed and a little fractious - MORNING which btw was bloody chilly as we'd needed to let the fire go out overnight ) - Daft ginger here, didn't think to alter the heating timer to come on earlier so as a result, 7 am yesterday morning saw us up and about on a cold (but getting warmer) boat.