A Day on a Narrowboat
Spent a chilled day on the Avon & Kennet canal last weekend, courtesy of Ali and Juliet, a couple of Felix's friends, who were away across the pond for a couple of weeks.
Plus several sculptures spotted on the banks amongst the Joe Pye weed.
|Our skipper - Justin|
|Greg & Justin|
|Bina, James and me|
Philip, Felix and I had been to a family golden wedding in Reading the day before, so we'd set off early to join the others by mid-day in Bath. The weather was glorious and the Brasseries were flowing fast and furious. I must have led a sheltered life, as I hadn't come across these wonderful tiny bottles of amber nectar before, but I must say they went down a treat in the heat.
|Eat your heart out Leonard Cohen - freedom!|
|Fell in love with this gorgeous girl|
|Lining Ali and Juliet's narrowboat up for a lock|
|Closing the swing bridge|
Eventually we arrived in Avoncliffe just as the light was beginning to fade, in time for Greg to get out his guitar and play a few songs after we'd moored - including an awesome rendition of Dylan's Hurricane - I can well see why it's had 84,000+ hits on YouTube!
Of course I can never miss a chance to get hold of a guitar, so it turned into a bit of a session and we were pretty hungry by the time we started to think about supper.
We finished the day at the nearby pub, the Crossed Guns, with a hearty pub supper of chips and veggie burgers, whilst the non-veggies had other local delicacies like steak and ale pie. A wonderful time messing about on the river!