Thursday, 28 May 2009

Day 6: A fond farewell and back towards Rufford for us

Well today’s the day we have to say goodbye to our friends, Debs  is back at work tomorrow, so they have to cruise back to their mooring which is the opposite way to us.
 
The view from where we moored overnight…
 
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Getting ready to pull the pins…
 
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Debs and John very kindly offered to open the New Lane Swing bridge for us, so we could go just beyond it to the winding hole and turn. (Which of course meant they had to open and close it twice).
Coming back towards New Lane…
 
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Then they walked along and opened the next swing bridge by The Slipway pub, (even kinder…!)
 
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And a final (for now) “Farewell” to Debs and John…
 
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We kept waving till they were out of sight, on our own now, and determined not to let the electrics situation mean we have to go back a day early. The weather improved a lot too.
 
After turning onto the Rufford Branch, we did four locks then moored up overnight between locks in ANOTHER lovely spot. Later on we decided that if the weather stays this good, we’ll stay here another night and go back to base on Saturday…
 
Not bothered mentioning the alternator, but we’re having to run the engine more often, even after travelling during the day, it still needs another two hours later on… We’re trying to ignore it, but the boat won't let us…

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