Its always nice when someone comes up and says they read the blog. This happened on Saturday. I moved the boat up to Heyford just for a change. It would mean I could walk to work for a week or so.
A text message from Kim and Jim said they would like to come to visit. “Be here by ten”, says I. Kim doesn't know how to be on time. We set off closer to 12 than 10. We had a good trip up. Only 5 locks two lift bridges. At Northbrook I fished out a nice new windlass, one of Charlie’s as it happens. This brings my total to 13 (more of that later).
At Dashwood we met up with Dave Parry who works at the boatyard. He’d been walking across a field waving when my daughter pointed him out. He was making his way to the bridge by the lock, his mooring being 200 yards down short of the lock. When he arrived we passed the time of day, as you do, then when the lock was ready I stepped back on the boat which, being in gear, was beginning to make its own way out of the lock.
A boat from Heyford could be seen not too far distant and a number of people were arriving at the lock. Half way out of the lock a lady in the locking crew came and asked if I was Maffi, to which I answered “Yes”. “I read your blog avidly every day”, she beamed. “Oh! Thank you very much”, says I “but you really shouldn’t, its not been very good of late”. “I like it”, she says. We passed a few pleasantries and I suggested that if they had ‘gone northwards’ she would have seen Mortimer Bones’ boat. “I know”, she said, “and Piston Broke is down here as well.” . . . . . . “Not that I’m an anorak or nuffink”. I always enjoy it when this happens, it brings a little extra sparkle to my day. It was a pleasure to meet her and I do hope I am on shift when they get back so I can find out how they enjoyed their boating holiday.