After mooring up I walked along to see our friends Reg and Elaine who are overwintering at Clifton Cruisers. A warm welcome always awaits and much chattering and joking ensued over a cup of tea. Reg seemed quite chirpy as he drank his usual afternoon beer. It’s always good to exchange our news of what was going on locally and with other boaters that we know.
We spent one night of showery rain under the big tree which dripped loudly on our roof and woke us up several times. So when a boat left we quickly untied Oakfield, then reversed along to moor nose-to-nose with Derwent 6. Del was with Leon off The Old Bovine, so we had a mini-banter on all things boaty, until it began to rain. As Al was down in London Del came aboard for a chat over afternoon tea and cake. On Al’s return we decided to chill out the next day, then go up to Butlers Leap in the evening. We squelched our way along the muddy towpath in the dark, then wiped our mucky boots along the grass verge as we made our way up to the warm welcoming pub. It was very busy, but they soon found us a table where we had lovely meals with drinks, followed by puddings, a real treat for us! Even better was the 50% off everything that Al had managed to acquire, perfick!