Today we took a leisurely stroll down Buckby Locks to Whilton garden centre for coffee and a browse around. They do a delicious toffee sponge cake which we just had to try. As we started to walk back up the locks we met Tim and Jenny on their boat Avarest who were sharing locks with a Swedish couple holidaying on an Alvechurch boat. We helped them with the heavy lock gates chatting all the way up to the New Inn. Then we sat outside the pub and they kindly bought us a drink for our efforts. The crew of Kanab, whom we had met last year, were also there with their newly acquired Alsatian called Leyla.
She is a beautiful dog, but was a little nervous of us at first, but soon made friends. After the eight of us had rested and finished our drinks we were invited aboard Avarest for coffee and cake. We eventually returned to Oakfield for our roast dinner at about five o‘ clock having had a most enjoyable day out.