Narrow boat Millie M caught up with us, then Maffi and Molly came aboard for long ‘discussions’ over tea, evening meal and of course a couple of Guinness's! it’s always lovely to meet up with him to exchange views on just about everything. Molly ‘the wonder dog’ just takes it all in her stride curled up snugly on the mat by the fire. The Stop House is open most mornings providing help and information for passing boaters. Braunston is a very welcoming place to moor we find and the locals conscientiously look after the tow-path areas. Volunteer groups carry out litter picking, weeding and trimming unruly areas, then prettifying it with some flowers, perfick. A BIG thank you to them ,and all the newly formed volunteer groups who have adopted their area of canal to take care of. Boaters can also do their bit of litter picking, grass and hedge trimming whenever it is needed. We often do this wherever we moor up too.
I picked up a free Boaters DVD in the Stop House Visitor Centre that Canal and River trust have recently produced. After watching it, all aspects of boat handling seem to have been comprehensively covered this time. It would be good if all hire boat crews/ new boaters were made to watch this before setting out on their boat.