Our first destination was to Scarisbrick, North of Liverpool, to spend some time with Mick's half brother. We only discovered Peter on our last trip to England in 2007 and saw him for only a brief few hours. We spent an enjoyable few days getting to know him better this time, as well as meeting Anthony, their cousin. Here is Anthony, Mick and Peter.
We hope to catch up with Ray and his wife Dianne (I can't imagine being left back in Australia while my husband starts off on our adventure alone!) while Ray is back in Australia over the UK Winter. I'm cursing that I took not a single photo at Fradley Junction or of Ray or Gypsy Rover. I'll definitely have to get better at this when we finally get a boat of our own.
The week we spent staying at Lillingstone Lovell, near Buckingham, was an enjoyable one. Our accomodation was a delightful 400 year old thatched cottage. We highly recommend it as a quintessentially English place to stay. It's called Little Thatch and had an absurdly steep, sloping, winding staircase up to the bedroom. The owners, Jane and Ian, live next door and were lovely hosts. We enjoyed chatting with them - and much to our delight they were narrowboat owners!
I vividly recalled a blog entry by Sandra about Barry's camera and photography and a comment she made about him leaping about with camera in one hand and windlass in the other. He's like a clambering monkey!!! This day he didn't have to worry about the windlass but with the untethered boat drifting about in the double lock, I leaned out the cratch opening to see Barry leap to the roof of the boat from the stern, snap a couple of photos, and then off onto the lockside and up on the lock gate to take a couple more. Amazing. I wish I'd taken more photos but was too busy watching!
For our last weekend in England we drove to Cornwall and on the way stopped at Bradford on Avon where we had a picnic by the canal. It was yet another gorgeous little town. We stayed in Rosemary Cottage, a little cottage in the heart of Port Isaac. We are fans of the television show "Doc Martin" which is filmed there. It's the most picturesque little village. It was very restful to watch the fishing boats and we really enjoyed walking the steep, narrow streets. Our parking space was between the narrowest of spaces between the end of a building and the stone wall that was at the edge looking over into the water.
All about the narrowboats we looked at in the next post !