Sorry, it has been a while.
I am back in Braunston, having met the boat painter I think I will be using to paint the boat completely, likely during my Christmas sojurn to Canada. Came back down the Ashby Canal, then the Coventry Canal, and finally the northern Oxford Canal, back to the home base in Braunston. The weather wasn’t all that nice: rain, lots of wind, but not cold: it was tropical air, but not the nicest. I chose stopping places based on the shelter, rather than the scenery.
Got back to Braunston late Friday, and was moored by the bridge just outside the marina.
This has to be one of the most photogenic places anywhere.
Saturday I went to Northampton for some bits and pieces for the boat. Why Northampton? I hadn’t been there before, and it was only 20 minutes away. Some fixups when I returned, then a gentle evening under the start: the clouds went away, and so did the wind.
This morning: wow.
The photo on the left is the marina where I likely will be based for the winter, about 8 boats up from the right. The right side is the peaceful mooring along the canal itself in Braunston. Wandering Canuck is the boat on the left with the funny white stripes on the bow.
Today was gorgeous: 22 degrees, sunny. Bike ride weather. Polish brass outside, read a book, go for a walk, bask in the autumn special day. Before church this morning, they were ringing changes , and invited me to observe, then join them on Thursday. Guess where I’ll be Thursday?
It is days like today that make this odyssey especially rewarding, memorable, and wishing I could share it with you all.